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Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production and Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services First Order Draft (review by experts) – Available 19 January 2015.

Both IPBES reports are in the draft phases of development. As part of the open, transparent and collaborative process towards the development of these reports, we have the pleasure of informing you that there will be 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. This process complies with the rules and procedures outlined in IPBES 2/17 - 3.6.4.1- First Review (by experts). The best efforts were made to invite Expert Reviewers with appropriate yet diverse scientific, technical and socio-economic backgrounds while simultaneously taking into consideration geographic and gender balance. In addition, IPBES invites all prospective expert reviewers with relevant expertise and/or publications to become an expert reviewer and register for either report. Registration for Deliverable 3a can be found here and a registration form for Deliverable 3c can be requested by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

After the closing of the First Order Draft (Review by Experts) in February, all names of Expert Reviewers will be published on the website and acknowledged in the Annexes of each report. 

IPBES forges ahead with its mission

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. As mentioned in the press release that was issued after the third plenary session, around 700 delegates from over 270 governments, scientific organizations, civil society and the private sector attended the Platform’s third meeting, which was held from 12 to 17 January 2015 in Bonn, Germany. IPBES Member States present at the meeting adopted a conflict of interest policy and a stakeholder engagement strategy and approved the guidance on strategic partnerships and other collaborative arrangements.

IPBES Conceptual Framework published in two journals

The IPBES Conceptual Framework has just been published in two articles: a short article in Plos Biology provides an overview and showcases the Conceptual Framework's importance for IPBES and the wider community, while an extended article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability contains the Conceptual Framework in full detail, with background and examples.

Stakeholder days prior to IPBES-3

The stakeholder events prior to the third session of the IPBES Plenary will be held on 10 and 11 January 2015. Only registered stakeholders who are members of accredited observer organizations will be able to attend the events. An information pack
and an agenda has been sent to participants. 

Set of principles and procedures guiding the work of IPBES

The work of IPBES is guided by a set of principles and procedures for all the main activities of the organization. As demonstrated in this short note prepared by the IPBES secretariat, the Platform ensures credibility, relevance, legitimacy and transparency through its rules of procedure and processes approved by its Plenary. The Platform's processes and procedures will be reviewed and updated by its Plenary to ensure that they remain relevant, strong and transparent.