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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015 Feb 19;370(1662):20140012. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0012.

Ensuring the success of IPBES: between interface, market place and parliament.

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1
Research Department Public Engagement with Science, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin, Germany katrin.vohland@mfn-berlin.de.
2
Research Department Public Engagement with Science, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

After years of protracted negotiations, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was finally established in 2012. One year on and we have already witnessed two plenary sessions which have, so far, defined procedures for nominating members for observatory and decision-making panels as well as experts and knowledge holders for the compilation of reports. The sessions also determined the work programme for the next 4 years (2014-2018). According to its internally formulated criteria, the success of IPBES will be determined by how credible, relevant and legitimate its institution and operations are. More specifically, these criteria suggest that success is contingent on the transparency of the processes within IPBES, the autonomy and quality of scientific knowledge, and the early integration of different stakeholders and diverse knowledge and value systems. Currently, we see IPBES encompassing open and integrative approaches as well as providing a convenient trading floor for particulate and opaque agendas formulated elsewhere. In any case, without the backing of large and effective publics the policy-support function of IPBES will be limited. Local capacity building and supporting communities to actively participate in research projects dealing with biodiversity are essential for furthering a practical and emancipatory understanding of the relationship between political and economic decisions, the state and functioning of biodiversity and ecosystems, and current and future human well-being.

KEYWORDS:

IPBES; biodiversity; ecosystem service; global governance; option value

PMID:
25561673
PMCID:
PMC4290426
DOI:
10.1098/rstb.2014.0012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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