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.
The Chair of IPBES in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations for experts for: 1) the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b); 2) the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); 3) the scoping for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Interested experts (Nominees) are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 March 2015. Nominators (governments or organisations) should submit approved applications by 5 April 2015. All necessary information related to the nomination procedure can be found in the letter and in the application form.
Nominated and selected experts should refer to the brief guideline with information on the expected workload, selection criteria, responsibilities, time commitment and availability of support.