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Stakeholder Engagement



The Pan-European Stakeholder Consultation (PESC) aims to support the engagement of stakeholders in the IPBES process at the regional scale. The conference brings together representatives of a great variety of institutions and organisations, including ministries and administrative bodies, NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as scientific institutions from three UN-regions: Western European and Others Group (WEOG), the Eastern European Group (EEG) and the Asia Pacific Group. Its objectives are to provide an opportunity for networking and exchange among the stakeholders of the ECA region, to strengthen their capacities for engaging in IPBES and to produce input to the process, e.g. comments on IPBES draft documents. Find out more about previous PESC meetings by visiting the following web pages: PESC-1   PESC-2   PESC-3   PESC-4


During the last PESC meeting (PESC-4) held in Vácrátót, Hungary from 12 to 14 June 2017, the goal was to bring together biodiversity stakeholders from Europe and Central Asia and discuss their engagement in IPBES and provide inputs to the work programme of IPBES. The meeting was an opportunity to:

-Promote stakeholders’ engagement in IPBES work

  • by building capacities to provide inputs to IPBES deliverables (e.g. discussions between IPBES authors and stakeholders enabling learning from each other’s expectations and requirements; presentation of the ways to engage with IPBES)
  • by sharing experiences on how to coordinate national biodiversity work to promote it in the context of IPBES (e.g. workshop with French-speaking African countries on governance led by FRB in September 2016 could provide useful perspectives for Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries’ participation to IPBES; network of European platforms engaging in IPBES)

-Strengthen collaboration on biodiversity research at the pan-European level, including central Asia

  • by providing room for discussion, meeting and networking between all stakeholders
  • by presenting and fostering research initiatives aiming to fill gaps identified in the scenarios and models and the pollination assessment
  • by promoting the engagement of ILK and social science experts in IPBES work

-Contribute to the preparation of IPBES products and develop capacities on the review process of IPBES reports

  • by promoting dialogue on the second order draft (SOD) and the first draft of the summary for policy makers (SPM) of the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) to facilitate the provision of review comments by experts and governments during the external review phase
  • by developing capacities related to IPBES assessment process and the process of approval and acceptance at IPBES-6
  • by providing guidance to enhance stakeholders’ engagement in IPBES (e.g. based on the survey on stakeholder needs)

The attendees were knowledge holders from Pan-Europe (spanning Western and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia, i.e. parts of the UN-regions WEOG, EEG, Asia-Pacific) affiliated to governmental and administrative bodies of IPBES member states or non-member states, IPBES subsidiary bodies, scientific institutions, non-governmental organisations, other civil-society organisations, or the business-sector, dealing with issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Enhanced efforts was dedicated to the participation of social science and ILK experts, and of biodiversity practitioners. Focal points of Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries were specifically targeted as relevant participants to achieve PESC-4 objectives.



PESC-4 was co-organised by the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Centre for Ecological Research (MTA-ÖK) and the Network Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo), in collaboration with the IPBES technical support units (TSU) for capacity-building and for the assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services of Europe and Central Asia, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum.

This meeting could not have taken place without the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Hungarian Centre for Ecological Research (MTA-ÖK), the Science and Policy Platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and governments who contribute to the IPBES trust fund.


More information

Meeting Report

Annex to the meeting report: feedback from the breakout group

Booklet (programme, objectives, participants list...)



Day 1: Monday 12 June

PDF icon Welcome and Hungary in IPBES (András Báldi, MTA-ÖK)
PDF icon Introduction to IPBES (Felice van der Plaat, IPBES Secretariat)

Day 2: Tuesday 13 June

PDF icon Integrating indigenous and local knowledge in biodiversity assessments: challenges and opportunities (Axel Paulsch, Institute for Biodiversity ibn, and Katja Heubach, GIZ)

PDF icon IPBES and stakeholder engagement (Rob Spaull, IPBES and Laurence Perianin, IUCN, Gland)

Day 3: Wednesday 14 June

PDF icon Facilitating the uptake of IPBES pollination assessment: BES-net trialogue in Eastern Europe (Solene LeDoze, UNDP/BES-Net)

PDF icon Facilitating the uptake of IPBES pollination assessment: the Coalition of the Willing for Pollinators (Astrid Hilgers, Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs)

PDF icon How can a country engage fully in the IPBES process: insights from science and policy stakeholders in Hungary (Ildikó Mándics, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary & Katalin Török, MTA-ÖK)

PDF icon The Nordic assessment of coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: a subregional study inspired by the broader IPBES context (Cecilia Lindblad, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

PDF icon The forthcoming BiodivERsA/Belmont Forum Call on biodiversity scenarios: a contribution to fill the knowledge gaps identified by IPBES (Frédéric Lemaître, BiodiVERsA)

PDF icon EKLIPSE: first results of a European IPBES-like initiative (Zoi Konstantinou, University of Porto)

PDF icon The ECA-network: an opportunity to engage with IPBES at the regional level (Angélique Berhault, Belgian Biodiversity Platform)


Closing (Kristina Raab, NeFo; Agnès Hallosserie, FRB; Katalin Török, MTA-ÖK)


Watch the video produced during PESC-1: "The intergovernmental Science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES has successfully contributed to a global political change to stopp the fatal loss of biodiversity. - A journey to the future."






The IPBES Stakeholder Network 

Initiative of volunteer stakeholders, from different organisations and networks, set up to exchange information and foster discussion on IPBES processes, developments, products, outcomes and related subnational, national and international processes. This dynamic self-organized network aims to become one regional node of an inclusive, open-ended network of IPBES stakeholders, as encouraged by IPBES 3rd plenary and by the newly adopted IPBES stakeholder engagement strategy (IPBES/3/18 Annex II). The IPBES Stakeholder network is still under development.
Get all the information about the IPBES Stakeholder Network here. Find the Stakeholder Network also on   and on  




BSPIN – A network for Early Career Scientists in Biodiversity Science-Policy Interfaces

BSPIN is an initiative of a group of young scientists and other knowledge holders dealing with issues of biodiversity-related science-policy interfaces (SPIs), such as IPBES and CBD. The main objectives of BSPIN are to link young fellows with each other and other stakeholders in SPI processes, to improve capacities of young fellows to engage in global biodiversity-related SPIs, and to communicate their potential relevant for these processes.

More information about BSPIN here.


last modified on 31 Jan 2017