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Methodological Guidance

Within the first work program of IPBES, the third objective aims at strengthening the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services with regards to thematic and methodological issues. This work has been ongoing through deliverables that are expected to support the formulation and implementation of policies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Two of these deliverables are focused on policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modeling of biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as tools and methodologies regarding the diverse conceptualizations of values of biodiversity and its contributions to people. These deliverables play a key role in providing methodological guidance to anticipate change, reduce negative impacts on people, take advantage of opportunities for action and recognize the role of multiple and diverse worldviews and values associated with nature and its contributions to people. The methodological guidance can be seen as a good-practice ‘toolkit’ which describes the conceptual understandings, tools and data, and capacity of approaches that can be used for decision-making.

In the following pages, you will find further methodological guidance on these aspects based on the work developed so far both on scenarios and models and on multiple conceptualizations on diverse values. More work is still to be done, but the steps made to this point are already at your service. 

  • Scenarios and models - read about the use of different types of scenarios and models to address relationships between nature, nature’s benefits to people and good quality of life, for informing policy and decision making.
  • Diverse conceptualisation of values - read about the use of diverse conceptualizations of multiple values of nature and its contributions to people, and approaches to valuation, for more inclusive and transparent decisions and designing integrated policies.