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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I search for resources?

The information stored in the Policy Support Gateway is accessible through a variety of filters, including families of policy support tools and methodologies; categories of policy instruments or scale of application, among others.

1) You can perform a search by entering a specific keyword (no sentences):

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2) If you already know the type of product(s) you are looking for, click on ‘search’:


3) You can also narrow down your search with the following filters by ticking all that apply (open the headers by clicking on the ^):


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Can I add any comments relating to specific resources found in the Gateway?

Yes, and you are encouraged to do so. There is a comments box at the bottom of the page for each resource. The purpose of this is for users to leave constructive feedback on the individual resources. This will contribute to the exchange of experiences with respect to any specific resources, while also contributing to ensuring the content in the Gateway is correct and up to date. If you have any experiences to share with others, or even if you have a concern or suggestion regarding a particular resource then please share your views in the comments box at the bottom of each relevant page.

How is the quality of the Gateway’s content guaranteed?

As requested by the Plenary in decision IPBES-4/1, it is intended that policy support tools and methodologies in the Gateway are “provided by experts, Governments and stakeholders” through an “open and transparent process”. The intention is therefore that wherever possible original content is provided by those responsible for development of the tools or methodologies; but that opportunity is also provided through a comments section for users of the Gateway to provide their own feedback on the use and value of specific tools and methodologies, in order to gather feedback in a transparent manner. Users are encouraged to be proactive in their use of the Gateway, and so comment when they think a resource needs editing, updating, or even removing if the content is unsatisfactory in any way. This feedback is extremely valuable.

Are the tools listed in the Gateway available at "no cost"?

Free and open access to its deliverables and to the material on which they are based is a core value of IPBES. The Gateway aims to list all relevant available tools and methodologies, case studies and learning opportunities some of which may be open sources, however, some may be subject to copyrights. Usage rights will depended on the resource developer.

Who can add a resource? Can I?

Only registered members can add a resource. If you would like to upload a resource and are not a member yet, please register through the main IPBES website here: 

What type of resources can be added to the Gateway?

The categories of resources that can be uploaded include:

  • Policy instruments

  • Policy support tools

  • Case studies – only if they are linked to a tool or instrument

How do I upload a resource to the Gateway?

Please note that only registered members can add a resource. If you are not registered yet, please register using this form.

Once you are registered and signed in, please go to the Contribute page, and from there select which resource you would like to upload.

Before uploading, please look into the following aspects:

  • Please only upload case studies and learning opportunities which you can link with tools/instruments already in the Gateway, or first upload the tool/instrument the case study or learning opportunity will refer to.

  • Please check if the resource has not already been uploaded to the Gateway by another user.

  • Please check that the resource is relevant. To be relevant, your resource should have the potential to support policy formulation and implementation in relation to biodiversity and ecosystems.

How long should it take for newly registered resources to appear in the Gateway?

Content that has been submitted will be reviewed by the Technical Support Unit (TSU) on policy support. We hope to get all submitted content online as soon as possible, so it should take no more than 48 hours. This depends, however, on the scale of any changes that are suggested by the TSU and the speed with which these are responded to by the author.

Can I search the Gateway from anywhere – even my phone?


Is it possible to enlarge text?

You can enlarge text on your browser itself. Hold down the ‘control’ (Ctrl) button on the keyboard and scroll the mouse wheel in or out. Once you have begun zooming, you can edit it more accurately by pressing the zoom button in the top right-hand corner of the web browser, at the end of the search bar – it looks like a magnifying glass. Here you can also reset the zoom to its normal level. The zoom button then disappears.

Is your question missing?

Please don’t hesitate to contact the technical support unit on policy support tools and methodologies at: