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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 Wednesday, 21 March 2018

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IPBES Chair Robert Watson celebrates his 70th birthday

On Wednesday, IPBES-6 delegates started to consider the summary for policy makers for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration and discussed the review of the Platform.

The contact group on the regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Americas reconvened to resolve outstanding issues. The budget group continued its deliberations.

Throughout the day, delegates discussed how to craft short, clear, and understandable messages for policy makers. When discussing the lessons learned from the Platform’s internal review, several suggested that summaries for policy makers should be much shorter and simpler to ensure uptake by decision makers.

Highlights of the day included the following:

  • Three of the regional contact groups concluded their work in the late evening or early morning hours having worked through most of the night.
  • The contact group on the Americas regional assessment concluded its work during lunch time, thus keeping the meeting on track to the public launch of four regional assessments on Friday.
  • The contact group on the assessment on land degradation and restoration considered the SPM, including clarifications on infographics in the background section.
  • Delegates discussed conclusions and lessons learned from the internal review of the Platform, including suggestions to improve the drafting process for SPMs and developing shorter SPMs with more effective messages.
  • Five countries signed up to the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, an initiative established to develop follow-up actions based on the findings of the Thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production adopted at IPBES-4.

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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Contact Group on Land Degradation and Restoration

The dais during the contact group

Contact Group Co-Chair Ivar Andreas Baste, Norway

Eva Spehn and José Romero, Switzerland

Anki Weibull, Sweden

Assessment Co-Chair Bob Scholes, South Africa

Shonisani Munzhedzi, South Africa

Mary Rowen, US

Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Germany

Hayo Haanstra, the Netherlands

Karin Zaunberger, European Union (EU)

Joanne Perry, New Zealand

Ana Maria Rivero Santos, Colombia

Contact Group Co-Chair Fundisile Goodman Mketeni, South Africa

The Turkish delegation

Contact Group on the Review of the Platform

L-R: Contact Group Co-Chairs Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana and Robert Watson, UK; and Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat

Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico

Malta Qwathekana, South Africa

Delegates from France

Bonnie Myers and Stephanie Aktipis, US

Larbi Sbaï, Morocco

Marina Samejima, Japan

Marco Fritz, EU

Hilde Eggermont, Belgium

A view of the room during the contact group

Americas Regional Assessment Contact Group

Participants at the Americas regional assessment contact group finalizing their deliberations

Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators Event

Signatory ceremony adding Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ireland
to the Coalition for the Willing on Pollinators

IPBES Chair Robert Watson’s 70th Birthday Celebration

Around the Venue

A view of Medellín from the venue (photo courtesy of Claudia Friedrich)

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

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