The first Plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is being held this week in Bonn, Germany.
IPBES was established in April 2012 as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The aim is for IPBES to become the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.
Dr Juliette Young from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is in Bonn and is speaking today (Friday 25 January) at the IPBES side-event “Regional support approaches to IPBES – Europe as showcase” where she will share lessons from the CEH-coordinated SPIRAL project. Her talk looks at the challenges of multi-level science-policy interactions.
The overall aim of SPIRAL, which is funded by the EU FP7 programme, is to enhance the connectivity between biodiversity research and policy-making in order to improve the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
SPIRAL aims to achieve its objectives through a number of work packages which will assess existing science-policy interfaces for biodiversity governance, examine factors constraining and facilitating communication on the role of biodiversity in underpinning livelihoods and ecosystem services, look at mechanisms for encouraging behaviour that reduce negative human impacts on biodiversity, and ultimately design and test science-policy interfaces for biodiversity governance.