E-conference to scope invasive species and sustainable use of biodiversity assessments

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in News, Remote Participation | 0 comments


The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has an exciting opportunity for experts to participate in the scoping process online. IPBES is holding an online conference to scope the following two assessments:

  • (a) the thematic of assessment invasive alien species and their control (Deliverable 3bii)
  • (b) the thematic assessment of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools (Deliverable 3biii)

The e-conference will take place in three sessions over three weeks from September 7-25th, 2015. It will be implemented as an internet forum/discussion board. Experts will discuss various elements relevant to the scoping reports by posting, reading, and replying on structured discussion boards. At the end of each week, a synthesis report will be prepared based on comments and discussions held during the week. The next week’s discussions will build on the discussions of the previous week. By the end of the third week, the intention is to have a draft that will resemble as much as possible the structure of the final scoping reports.

The e-conference will cover the following topics and more within each assessment:

  • relevant policy questions, scope, rationale and utility of the assessments
  • an issue analysis of what substantive items would need to be covered
  • indicators, metrics and data sets
  • relevant aspects of indigenous and local knowledge systems
  • relevant stakeholders and initiatives and strategic partnerships
  • capacity building needs

Register to participate here! Once the registered account has been approved, the IPBES Secretariat will send a confirmation e-mail and further information on the e-conference and scoping process.

For more information, please visit the IPBES announcement here.

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