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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 Saturday, 24 March 2018

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IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:00 pm

Plenary convened in the morning and early afternoon to complete several outstanding organizational matters, elect new members to the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), approve the remaining summary for policy makers (SPM), and adopt the session’s decisions and the meeting’s report.

Highlights of the closing plenary included the following:

  • The election of 15 new members of the MEP, including: nine women and six men, with six social scientists and nine natural scientists among them.
  • The approval of the SPM of the assessment on land degradation and restoration and the acceptance of assessment chapters without further amendments.
  • The adoption of the decision on the implementation of the IPBES work programme, including decisions on initiation of work on pending assessments and follow up to the internal review.
  • The adoption of a revised budget for 2018 and a provisional budget for 2019, enabling the initiation of work on pending assessments and increasing the number of lead authors for each assessment.
  • The adoption of a decision on the development of a draft strategic framework up to 2030 and a rolling programme of work.

In their closing statements, regional representatives lauded the success of IPBES-6 having adopted five assessments and underlined their importance for policy making at the global, regional, and subregional level.

Members of the MEP and several assessment Co-Chairs recognized the outstanding contributions by volunteer experts to the development of the assessments. Stakeholder groups stressed the need to recognize the contributions of all stakeholders.

IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie urged outgoing members of the MEP to form an alumni organization to continue supporting the Platform and reported on successful media outreach and uptake of the regional assessments.

IPBES Chair Watson said the adoption of seven assessments in five years has brought IPBES’ performance up to par with the 30-year-old IPCC, noting that the next step should be for both platforms to work collaboratively.

He gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:00pm.

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of IPBES-6 will be available on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.

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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Plenary Session

L-R: Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Co-Chairs Luca Montanarella, Italy, and Bob Scholes, South Africa; IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie; and IPBES Chair Robert Watson

Delegates from Africa pose for a group photo during the plenary session

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

Ivan Trujillo Acosta, Colombia


José Romero, Switzerland, conferring with delegates during plenary

Delegates at the plenary session

Simone Schiele and Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat

IPBES Chair Robert Watson with Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

Experts celebrate the approval of the land degradation and restoration assessment


Delegate from Nigeria

Simone Schiele, IPBES Secretariat

A view of the dais

IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie

IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and IPBES Chair Robert Watson celebrate the successful completion of IPBES-6

Around the Venue

The ENB team at IPBES-6. L-R: Beate Antonich, Germany; Diego Noguera, Colombia; Tallash Kantai, Kenya; Stefan Jungcurt, Germany; Dorothy Wanja Nyingi, Kenya; Claudia Friedrich, Germany; Natalia Mroz, Australia; and Asterios Tsioumanis, Greece.

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).