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Call for nomination of experts

IPBES Platform objectively performs regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their inter-linkages, which should include comprehensive global, regional and, as necessary, sub-regional assessments and thematic issues at appropriate scales and new topics identified by science and as decided upon by the Plenary.

Currently, two IPBES reports are in the draft phases of development. As part of the open, transparent and collaborative process towards the development of these reports, there is a First Order Draft for review by experts, starting January 19 and ending on March 2, 2015 for Deliverable 3a) Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production and Deliverable 3c) Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

In addition to currently reviewing these documents, Dr. Joël Houdet, ACTS Responsible Natural Resource Economies Programme Leader, was nominated by the Republic of South Africa to contribute to the scoping of African regional assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services for consideration at the third IPBES Plenary in January 2015. A couple of stakeholder workshops were also attended at the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and a presentation delivered on the outcomes of the workshop.

At its third plenary session, IPBES agreed to initiate a set of regional assessments in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia. These assessments will be a vital contribution for a planned global assessment to be completed by 2019. In this regard, the Chair of IPBES in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations of experts for:

  1. The regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b);
  2. The thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi);
  3. The scoping for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Interested experts (Nominees) are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 March 2015. Nominators (governments or organisations) should submit approved applications by 5 April 2015. All necessary information related to the nomination procedure can be found in the letter and in the application form. Nominated and selected experts should refer to the brief guideline with information on the expected workload, selection criteria, responsibilities, time commitment and availability of support.

ACTS hereby calls for African and practitioners involved in biodiversity and ecosystem services to participate actively.