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Ad hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
10–12 November 2008 | Putrajaya, Malaysia
 

Highlights for Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Participants to the Ad hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) met in plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon to discuss a Chairs' Summary of the meeting, consider a framework for a gap analysis of existing MEA advisory bodies, and adopt the meeting’s report.

Chair Yassin closed the meeting at 6:15 pm.

Closing
Morning Plenary
In the morning, Vice-Chair Watson introduced the Chairs' summary highlighting the key messages of the meeting. Delegates agreed that the meeting had shown broad consensus on the need to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and human wellbeing, but that there were different opinions on the need for a new mechanism, its main objectives, legal status and institutional structure. Regarding the objective of a new mechanism, delegates agreed to reflect in the report that some countries felt it should focus on building capacity in developing countries, while others thought it should represent a “network of networks” which should synthesize and compile existing information, and make it available to policy makers in an understandable language and format.
Michel Loreau
Robert Watson
Michel Loreau (International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity - IMoSEB) reminded delegates of the IMoSEB outcome that recommends creating an overarching mechanism, which was based on an extensive gap analysis.
Vice-Chair Robert Watson (UK) said that a crucial part of any assessment for policy makers is to understand the uncertainties and gaps in science.
Fernando Coimbra
Joseph Touissaint
Christine Dawson
Fernando Coimbra (Brazil)
Joseph Toussaint (Haiti)
Christine Dawson (US)
Thomas Rosswall
GEF
Thomas Rosswall (International Council for Science)
Meryl Williams (Scientific & Technical Advisory Panel, Global Environment Facility)
Peter Hazlewood
Robert Lamb
Peter Hazlewood (World Resources Institute)
Robert Lamb (Switzerland)
Shirin Karriyeva
Mehrasa Mehrdadi
Rebecca D'Cruz
Shirin Karriyeva (Turkmenistan)
Mehrasa Mehrdadi (Iran)
Rebecca D'Cruz (RAMSAR Convention)
Mario Diaz Anzueto
Meziane Yamina
Mario Diaz Anzueto (Guatemala)
Meziane Yamina (Algeria)
Afternoon Plenary
In the afternoon, delegates continued discussions on the meeting's recommendation to the UNEP Governing Council. After extensive debate, the meeting agreed to recommend that UNEP convene a second meeting with a view to strengthening the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, including consideration of the establishment of a new science-policy platform. They also recommended that UNEP conduct a preliminary gap analysis of current MEA advisory bodies and mechanisms, covering the types of information required and generated as well as the organizations requiring and supplying that information.
Dan Wicklum
Weixue Cheng
Laurent Stéfanini
Dan Wicklum (Canada)
Weixue Cheng (China)
Laurent Stéfanini (France, on behalf of the EU)
Christopher Joseph
Antonio Palomares
Christopher Joseph (Grenada)
Antonio Lizcano Palomares (Spain)
Christopher Joseph
Anne Larigauderie
Alfred Perrings (Arizona State University)
Anne Larigauderie (Diversitas)
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Related Links

Ad hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
IPBES Website
IPBES Concept Note
IPBES Concept Note ePeer Review
IMoSEB Information Center
IMoSEB Background Information
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

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