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Biodiversity: ideas need time to mature

By Nature


IPBES Guide to the production of assessments - Full guide (56-page)




IPBES Guide to the production of assessments - Summary (12-page)




Battle over biodiversity




Biodiversity needs more voices




Welcoming different perspectives in IPBES: "Nature's contributions to people" and "Ecosystem services"

Ecology and Society

IPBES-6 Plenary Session Report

IPBES Secretariat


Five reasons why the Science publication ‘‘Assessing nature’s contributions to people” (Diaz et al. 2018) would not have been accepted in Ecosystem Services

Leon C. Braat 


Assessing nature’s contributions to people

Diaz et al. 

Valuing Nature's Contribution to People - The IPBES Approach

Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 26: 7-16. Pascual et al 2017



Opinion paper by Dr. Brendan Coolsaet, in the context of the 2017 International Day on Biodiversity

NL / De Wereld Morgen

FR / Le Soir



Report of a workshop on IPBES assessments

By the Belgian IPBES Focal Point



IPBES - Brief introduction for scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners

Publication presenting the goals and activities of IPBES - By NeFo and ValuES



Towards solving a key puzzle in the IPBES

Publication presenting progress towards tools and approaches for working with diverse knowledge systems in ecosystem assessments

A guide to IPBES plenary meetings for new observers

Open-Ended Network of IPBES Stakeholders



IPBES, an inclusive institution? Challenging the integration of stakeholders in a science-policy interface
Oubenal, M., M. Hrabanski, and D. Pesche. 2017. IPBES, an inclusive institution? Challenging the integration of stakeholders in a science-policy interface. Ecology and Society 22(1):11.



IPBES Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production 
IPBES, 2016.


IPBES Methodological assessment of scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services
(Summary for policy-makers)
IPBES (2016). S. Ferrier, K. N. Ninan, P. Leadley, R. Alkemade, L.A. Acosta, H. R. Akçakaya, L. Brotons, W. Cheung, V. Christensen, K. H. Harhash, J. Kabubo-Mariara, C. Lundquist, M. Obersteiner, H. Pereira, G. Peterson, R. Pichs-Madruga, N. H. Ravindranath, C. Rondinini, B. Wintle (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 32 pages.


SUMMARY for policymakers of the assessment report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on pollinators, pollination and food production
IPBES (2016). S.G. Potts, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, H. T. Ngo, J. C. Biesmeijer, T. D. Breeze, L. V. Dicks, L. A. Garibaldi, R. Hill, J. Settele, A. J. Vanbergen, M. A. Aizen, S. A. Cunningham, C. Eardley, B. M. Freitas, N. Gallai, P. G. Kevan, A. Kovács-Hostyánszki, P. K. Kwapong, J. Li, X. Li, D. J. Martins, G. Nates-Parra, J. S. Pettis, R. Rader, and B. F. Viana (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 36 pages. 

  Recommendations of Belgian experts on the implementation of IPBES work programme
(2nd informal meeting organised by the Belgian IPBES National Focal Point to gather feedback from experts involved in IPBES). A. Berhault, H. Eggermont. 2016, Belgian Biodiversity Platform.
  Ten policies for pollinators
Lynn V. Dicks et al. 2016: Science. Vol 354, Issue 6315.
  The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Meeting the challenge of biodiversity conservation and governance 
Marie Hrabanski, Denis Presche. 254 pages.
  The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the challenge of integrating social sciences and humanities
Stenseke M. (September 2016), CDFMR, University of Gothenburg. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series. Issue 33, Volume 33
  IPBES after Kuala Lumpur: Assessing knowledge on underlying causes of biodiversity loss is needed
Rankovic A. et al. 2016. Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI). Policy brief 05/2016.
  European National Biodiversity Platforms as partners for the implementation of the IPBES Work Programme - Opportunities and Challenges
Marquard E. et al. 2016. Report edited by the German Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo).
  How IPBES works: The functions, structures and processes of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Montana J. 2016. C-EENRG Working Papers, 2016-2. pp.1-23. Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge.


  IPBES: Biodiversity central to food security
DeClerk F. 2016. Nature 531, 305.
  Disciplinary balance: How to engage social scientists in IPBES
Reuter K, Timpte M. & Neßhöver C. (2016). Nature 531, 173.


  Social sciences: IPBES disciplinary gaps still gaping
Vadrot A. B. M., Jetzkowitz J. & Stringer L. C. (2016). Nature 539, 160.
  The participation of experts and knowledges in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Krasznai Kovács E. & Pataki G. (2016). Environmental Science & Policy 57: 131-139.
  Analyse du retour d'expérience des experts français à l'IPBES
Hallosserie A. (2016). Fondation pour la recherche sur la biodiversité.
  First (informal) IPBES Belgian Expert Meeting report
Eggermont H. (2015), Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


Furthermore, the following articles where published between 2006 and 2015 on IPBES in scientific journals (non-exhaustive list):


Montana, J., Borie, M. (2015).'IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel'. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12192 →Publication

Díaz, S., Demissew, S., Carabias, J., et al. (2015). 'The IPBES Conceptual Framework - connecting nature and people'. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14, 1-16.

Vohland, K. & Nadim, T. (2015). Ensuring the success of IPBES: between interface, market place and parliament.hil. Trans. R. Soc. B:2015 370 20140013; doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0013

Heink, U.; Marquard, E.; Heubach, K.; Jax, K., Kugel, C.; Nesshöver, C.; Neumann, R.K.; Paulsch, A.; Tilch, S.; Timaeus, J. & Vandewalle, M. (2015): Conceptualizing credibility, relevance and legitimacy for evaluating the effectiveness of science–policy interfaces: Challenges and opportunities. Science and Public Policy (forthcoming): doi: 10.1093/scipol/scu082

Hochkirch, A., McGowan, P.J.K. & van der Sluijs, J. (2014). 'Publishing: Biodiversity reports need author rules'. Nature, 516, 170-170.

Brooks, T. M., J. F. Lamoreux & J. Soberón (2014): IPBES ≠ IPCC. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29: 543–545. →Publication

Vadrot, A. B. M. (2014): The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity. Routledge, London.

Beck, S., M. Borie, J. Chilvers, A. Esguerra, K. Heubach, M. Hulme, R. Lidskog, E. Lövbrand, E. Marquard, C. Miller, T. Nadim, C. Neßhöver, J. Settele, E. Turnhout, E. Vasileiadou & C. Görg (2014): Towards a reflexive turn in the governance of global environmental expertise - the cases of the IPCC and the IPBES. GAIA 23:80-87. →Publication

Heubach, K., E. Marquard & C. Neßhöver (2014): The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – Historie, Status nach IPBES-1 und Trends. In: U. Feit & H. Korn (Hrsg.). BfN-Skripten 370: Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XIII. BfN, Bonn. S. 9-15. →Publication (in German)

Duraiappah, A. K., S. T. Asah, E. S. Brondizio, N. Kosoy, P. J. O'Farrell, A. H. Prieur-Richard, S. M. Subramanian & K. Takeuchi (2014): Managing the mismatches to provide ecosystem services for human well-being: a conceptual framework for understanding the New Commons. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 7:94-100. →Publication

Hotes, S. & L. Opgenoorth (2014): Trust and Control at the Science-Policy Interface in IPBES. Bioscience 64:277-278. →Publication (Point of vue)

Joly, C. A. (2014): The conceptual framework of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services / IPBES. Biota Neotropica 14:1-2. →Publication (Editorial)

Opgenoorth, L., S. Hotes & H. Mooney (2014): Biodiversity panel should play by rules. Nature 506:159-159. →Publication (Correspondence)

Turnhout, E., K. Neves & E. de Lijster (2014): 'Measurementality' in biodiversity governance: knowledge, transparency, and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosytem Services (IPBES). Environment and Planning A 46:581-597. →Publication

Brand, U. & A. B. M. Vadrot (2013): Epistemic Selectivities and the Valorisation of Nature: The Cases of the Nagoya Protocol and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Law, Environment and Development Journal 9:202-220. →Publication

Joly, C. A. (2013): The expected role of IPBES. Biota Neotropica 13. →Publication (Editorial)

Opgenoorth, L. & D. P. Faith (2013): The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), up and walking. Frontiers of Biogeography 5:207-211. →Publication (Editorial)

Koetz, T., K. N. Farrell & P. Bridgewater (2012): Building better science-policy interfaces for international environmental governance: assessing potential within the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. International Environmental Agreements-Politics Law and Economics 12:1-21. →Publication

Redford, K. H., C. Groves, R. A. Medellin & J. G. Robinson (2012): Conservation Stories, Conservation Science, and the Role of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Conservation Biology 26:757-759. →Publication (Editorial)

Spierenburg, M. (2012): Getting the Message Across. Biodiverisity Science and Policy Interfaces - A Review. GAIA 21:125-134. →Publication

Briggs, S. V. & A. T. Knight (2011): Science-Policy Interface: Scientific Input Limited. Science 333:696-697. →Publication (Commentary)

Perrings, C., A. Duraiappah, A. Larigauderie & H. Mooney (2011): The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science-Policy Interface. Science 331:1139-1140. →Publication (Policy Forum)

Görg, C., C. Neßhöver & A. Paulsch (2010): A New Link Between Biodiversity Science and Policy. GAIA 19:183-186. →Publication

Soberón, J. M. & J. K. Sarukhan (2010): A new mechanism for science-policy transfer and biodiversity governance? Environmental Conservation 36:265-267. →Publication

Van den Hove, S. & L. Chabason (2009): The Debate on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IDDRI Working Papers No. 01/2009. →Artikel (Discussion Paper)

Mooney, H. & G. Mace (2009): Biodiversity Policy Challenges. Science 325:1474. →Publication (Editorial)

Loreau, M., A. Oteng-Yeboah, M. T. K. Arroyo, D. Babin, R. Barbault, M. Donoghue, M. Gadgil, C. Häuser, C. Heip, A. Larigauderie, K. Ma, G. Mace, H. A. Mooney, C. Perrings, P. Raven, J. Sarukhan, P. Schei, R. J. Scholes & R. T. Watson (2006): Diversity without representation. Nature 442:245-246. →Publication (Commentary)


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