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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 Thursday, 22 March 2018

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IPBES Chair Robert Watson celebrates the approval of the summaries for policy makers of the regional assessments

On Thursday, IPBES-6 delegates continued their discussion of the key findings of the assessment on land degradation and restoration and discussed how to proceed with three pending assessments of the first work programme. Delegates also started working on the development of the next work programme for IPBES.

In the evening, plenary convened to finalize the regional assessments.

Highlights of the day included the following:

  • Plenary approved the summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the four regional and subregional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia, and accepted the chapters of the assessment reports.
  • On pending assessments, the budget group agreed to a preliminary costing, allowing to initiate work on two assessments in 2018 while increase the maximum number of lead authors from six to eight.
  • Delegates agreed to initiate work on the thematic assessment on the sustainable use of wild species and the methodological assessment on diverse conceptualizations of multiple values of nature in 2018.
  • Work on the thematic assessment on invasive alien species will be initiated in 2019.
  • The contact group on land degradation and restoration continued refining the assessment’s SPM, including regarding the drivers of biodiversity, the benefits of avoiding land degradation, and the role of production and consumption patterns.
  • Regarding future work, delegates agreed to develop a draft strategic framework up to 2030, decided to develop a rolling work programme, and began discussing the draft elements of that work programme.

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 the Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment

The dais during the Contact Group on the Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment

Peter Bridgewater, Australia

Delegates from France and Norway confer during the contact group

Mary Rowen, US

José Romero, Switzerland

Ana Maria Rivero Santos, Colombia

Diana Mortimer and Jim Harris, United Kingdom (UK)

Sofía Treviño Heres, Mexico

Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Plurinational State of Bolivia

José Echeverría, Guatemala

Grace Nangendo, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Louise Willemen, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Matthew Potts, IPBES Secretariat

Participants chat during a break in deliberations

Contact Group on the Budget and Pending Assessments

Tone Solhaug, Norway

A view of the room during the contact group discussions

Participants during the contact group

Tallash Kantai, ENB

Marina Samejima, Japan

Participants during the contact group

Andrew Stott, United Kingdom

Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat

Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Birgit de Boissezon and Marco Fritz, European Union (EU)

Contact Group, Review, Second Work Programme

US delegates share a light moment during contact group discussions

Ana María Hernández Salgar, Colombia

Malta Qwathekana, South Africa

Participants during discussions

Contact Group on Review of the Platform and Development of the IPBES Work Plan

IPBES Chair Robert Watson



Handover of the Chinese version of the IPBES Summary for Policy Makers for Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production to the IPBES Secretariat

L-R: Hien Ngo, IPBES Secretariat, and Wenliu Zhang, China



Evening Plenary



Around the Venue







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