The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the main global scientific knowledge authority on biodiversity and ecosystem services, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
As an “IPCC for Nature", thousands of the world's best researchers across all scientific disciplines and knowledge communities are involved in the IPBES processes to provide policy-relevant knowledge and catalyse the development and implementation of knowledge-based policies at all levels in government, to address some of our biggest environmental challenges. NINA contributes to the work of IPBES.
NINA and IPBES
NINA contributes with our experts in the development of IPBES assessments as authors and reviewers. We serve as advisor to the Norwegian delegation in the IPBES governing body, and we contribute to policy relevance and uptake of IPBES assessments through our membership in the IPBES Task Force on Policy Tools and Methodologies. We furthermore enhance the involvement of social sciences and humanities in IPBES processes, leading The Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network).
IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity
The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive ever completed. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the Report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature.
Senior researcher Graciela Rusch was Lead Author for the assessment chapter 6 on opportunities and challenges for decision makers, a chapter that enables integration and implementation of IPBES assessments in national and global policy.
IPBES Assessment on Values
IPBES methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, is set to be presented for the 9th IPBES Plenary’s acceptance in July this year.
Senior researcher David Barton has the role as Coordinating Lead Author for the assessment chapter 4 on findings and lessons learned on valuation methodologies and approaches.
IPBES Assessment on Sustainable Use
IPBES Thematic assessment of the sustainable use of wild species is scheduled to be presented to the 9th IPBES Plenary for approval in July 2022. The assessment will consider various approaches to the enhancement of the sustainability of the use of wild species and to strengthen related practices, measures, capacities and tools for their conservation through such use.
NINA researcher Håkon B. Stokland serve as Fellow under chapter 1 on setting the scene, describing the current challenges and how the assessment could contribute in addressing these.
IPBES Assessment on Transformative change
The undertaking of an IPBES Thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity, was approved at IPBES8 in June 2021, and is set to be presented to Plenary for its consideration at IPBES11. The objective of the assessment objective is to understand and identify factors in human society at both the individual and collective levels, including behavioural, social, cultural, economic, institutional, technical and technological dimensions, that may be leveraged to bring about transformative change for the conservation, restoration and wise use of biodiversity.
NINA researcher Håkon B. Stokland is Lead Author in chapter 3, addressing how transformative change occurs, focusing on those changes that can be intentionally promoted, accelerated, and scaled to realize a sustainable world where biodiversity can thrive.
IPBES Task Force on Policy Tools and Methodologies
The IPBES Task Force on Policy Tools and Methodologies was established at IPBES7 in April 2019, to support policy formulation and implementation by identifying policy-relevant tools and methodologies, such as those arising from assessments, to enable decision makers to gain access to those tools and methodologies and, where necessary, to promote and catalyse their further development.
NINA’s Trine Hay Setsaas has followed IPBES negotiations since before the Panel’s inception in 2012 through her role as negotiator and adviser to the Norwegian delegation. Since 2019, she has been a member in IPBES Task Force on Policy Tools and Methodologies.
IPBES Social Sciences and Humanities Network
The Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network) was established by IPBES in 2020. The network is dedicated to enhancing the contributions from the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the work of IPBES, engaging more SSH experts in IPBES assessments.
NINA researcher Håkon B. Stokland is heading the SSH Network and was also one of the initiators leading to its establishment.