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Stakeholder Day and 6th Session of the Plenary of the
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-6)

17 and 18-24 March 2018 | Medellín, Colombia

Highlights for Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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IPBES-6 delegates met briefly in plenary in the morning to take stock of progress and finalize several operational decisions.

The Co-Chairs of the contact groups on the regional assessments provided updates and outlined next steps towards finalizing the negotiations in the contact groups. Budget contact group Co-Chair Spencer Thomas reported that the Secretariat had provided clarity on the three budget scenarios to the group.

Delegates then resumed negotiating the summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the regional assessments in four contact groups.

The day’s highlights included the following:

  • France offered to host the next session of the Plenary in Paris in May 2019.
  • The contact group for the Africa regional assessment discussed means of implementation as well as governance issues to ensure effective follow-up to the assessment’s findings in the region.
  • The contact group for the Americas regional assessment discussed how to best display and explain the scenarios used to outline different possible pathways to sustainability.
  • The contact group for the Asia and the Pacific regional assessment discussed whether to use the concept of nature’s contributions to people exclusively or in tandem with the concept of ecosystem services and what the implications of using both concepts would be.
  • The contact group for the Europe and Central Asia regional assessment discussed how to balance achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the scenario archetypes.
  • An informal group met over lunchtime to discuss cross-cutting issues and harmonize the use of terms, such as biocapacity, ecological footprint, nature’s contributions to people, and ecosystem services.

For more about the day’s events, read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin daily report.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage and daily reports from IPBES-6. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has produced a summary and analysis report of IPBES-6, which is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Emmanuelle Matras Swynghedauw, France, presents her country's offer to host #IPBES7 in Paris, France, in May 2019

IPBES Chair Robert Watson, United Kingdom (UK)

Participants during plenary

Ana María Hernández Salgar, Colombia

Africa Regional Assessment Contact Group Co-Chair
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

Maria Manguiat, IPBES Legal Advisor

Europe and Central Asia Regional Assessment
Contact Group Co-Chair Ivar Andreas Baste, Norway

Americas Regional Assessment Contact Group Co-Chair
Brigitte Baptiste, Colombia

Asia and Pacific Regional Assessment Contact Group Co-Chair Youngbae Suh, Republic of Korea

Keiichi Nakazawa, Japan

Delegates from Morocco

Europe and Central Asia Regional Assessment Contact Group

The dais during the contact group. L-R: Maximilien Gueze, IPBES Secretariat; Felice Van Der Plaat, IPBES Secretariat; Amor Torre-Marin Rando, IPBES Secretariat; Contact Group Co Chair Ivar Andreas Baste, Norway; Assessment Co-Chair Markus Fischer; Assessment Co-Chair Mark Rounsevell, UK; Assessment Coordinating Lead Author Paula A. Harrison, UK; and Assessment Coordinating Lead Author Jennifer Hauck, Germany.

Torbjörn Ebenhard, Sweden

Antonin Vergez, France

Gabriele Obermayr, Austria

Horst Korn, Germany

Assessment Coordinating Lead Authors Paula A. Harrison, UK, Jennifer Hauck, Germany

José Romero, Switzerland

Africa Regional Assessment Contact Group

Participants during the contact group

Eefje den Belder, IPBES Technical Support Unit (TSU) Scenarios and Modelling, the Netherlands, and Anicia Maoela, TSU Africa

Vita Onwuasoanya, UN Division for Ocean Affairs
and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

Prudence Tangham Galega and Ibrahim Linjouom, Cameroon

Ahmed El Khouly, Egypt

A small drafting group during the afternoon meeting of the contact group

Hatem Ben Belgacem, Tunisia

Agnès Hallosserie, France

Assessment Lead Author Laura Pereira, South Africa

Interpreters at the contact group

Delegates during informal consultations outside the contact group room

Americas Regional Assessment Contact Group

Participants listen to the Co-Chairs

Janine Murray, Canada

Luciano Donadio Linares, Argentina

Participants, including members of the CBD Secretariat, discuss the cross-cutting aspects of the regional assessments

Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico

Ana María Hernández Salgar, Colombia

Asia and Pacific Regional Assessment Contact Group

Participants and the dais during the contact group

Joanne Perry, New Zealand

Co-Chair Madhav Karki, Nepal

Delegates from France and the European Union consulting

A small group work on outstanding issues

IPBES Fellows Workshop

Fellows participating as authors in the global, regional, and land degradation and restoration assessments gathered for a capacity development training workshop on IPBES policy processes during #IPBES6.

Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio, addresses the IPBES Fellows

IPBES Fellows group photo

Around the Venue

Delegates in line for translation headsets before the session

Specific funding for coverage of IPBES-6 has been provided by the European Union (EU) and the IPBES Secretariat

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2018 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).