Call for nominations for land degradation and restoration assessment

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in News, Nominations | 0 comments

Nominations are no longer being accepted for this call.

DEADLINE: March 20

Established in 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), is a global program intended to strengthen the role of science in decision-making related to the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. IPBES is currently soliciting nominations from a broad community of natural and social scientists.

The Ecological Society of America is assisting the U.S. government in identifying U.S. natural and social scientists to serve on the IPBES expert group responsible for creating a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. A group of up to 80 experts from all over the world will meet from July 6-10, 2015.

IPBES is seeking a broad variety of experts from various natural and social scientific disciplines and from indigenous and local knowledge systems, as well as policy and technical experts and practitioners.

Assessment topics include:

  • Benefits to people from avoidance of land degradation and restoration of degraded land
  • Concepts and perceptions of land degradation and restoration
  • Direct and indirect drivers of land degradation and restoration
  • Status and trends of land degradation and restoration and associated changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functions
  • Land degradation and restoration associated with changes in ecosystem services and functions, and human well-being and good quality of life
  • Responses to avoid land degradation and restore degraded land
  • Scenarios of land degradation and restoration
  • Decision support to address land degradation and support restoration of degraded land

For more information on the scope of this assessment, please see the scoping document here.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 years of experience in related issues
  • Products or publications relevant to the deliverable
  • Ability to support their travel to meetings
  • Ability to participate in person at the meeting for the expert group


ESA invites interested experts to send the following information to

Email Subject Line: “Firstname lastname land deg IPBES”

In the text of the email:

  • Full name, gender, nationality, address, phone number, email address
  • Current position and name of employer
  • Education (degree(s), relevant to the deliverable selected)
  • Publications and products relevant to the deliverable selected (maximum 5)
  • Supporting statement (400 words maximum) why you are interested in contributing to this deliverable, and contribution you would like to make
  • Confirmation that you have financial support for your travel and can attend meetings the week of July 6, 2015 (location to be determined)

Attached to the email: a brief resume/c.v. (2-3 pages).


ESA will review your information.  In order for ESA to review your qualifications in time, we need your information no later than March 20, 2015. We will not be able to review nominations received after that date.

Individuals who meet the criteria listed above will be invited to submit their applications to IPBES via an online web form.

We recognize that this is a very challenging schedule, but believe U.S. engagement in IPBES is important and hope that you will volunteer for this expert group.

If you have any questions, please email them to

Thank you for your interest and support of this important international effort!


Photo Credit: Milo Mitchell, IFPRI

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