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Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4)

20-28 February 2016 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Incoming IPBES Chair Robert Watson
shaking hands with IPBES-4 Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri at Bureau meeting


The closing plenary of IPBES-4 convened on Sunday morning, 28 February 2016. The Co-Chairs of the two contact groups reported that they had completed their work. 

Delegates then approved the Summary for Policy Makers of the Methodological Assessment on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and adopted other decisions on the work programme, including:  capacity-building; knowledge foundations; global, regional and subregional assessments; and the catalogue of policy tools and methodologies. They also approved decisions on global, thematic and methodological assessments and the independent review with minor changes. 

After some modifications to reflect changes in the decisions on the global and methodological assessments, delegates also approved the budget for 2016-2017.

Plenary elected Bob Watson (UK) as new Chair of IPBES, and IPBES-4 Chair Zakri gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:41pm.

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Closing Plenary

The dais during plenary


Delegates congratulate Robert Watson on his election as the incoming IPBES Chair


Incoming IPBES Chair Robert Watson


Thomas Spencer, Co-Chair of the contact group on the budget

Ivar Baste, Co-Chair of Contact Group II



Christine Dawson, US

Benoît Nzigidahera, Burundi


IPBES-4 Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri and incoming IPBES Chair Robert Watson in consultations with panelists during plenary


José Luis Echeverría Tello, Guatemala; Sorka Jannet Copa Romero and Danitza Mariaca Vaca Guzman, Bolivia

Unai Pascual, MEP; José Romero and Eva Spehn, Switzerland


Kyle Gracey, Coordinated Stakeholder

Rashad Zabid Oglu Allahverdiyev, Azerbaijan


Fundisile Mketeni, South Africa

David Cooper, CBD


IPBES-4 Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri gavels IPBES-4 to a close.



Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat

IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie congratulates IPBES-4 Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri


IPBES-4 Snapshots


Delegates from Caribbean region


Delegates from Europe




Bureau Members



Delegates from UNDP and other UN organizations


IPBES Secretariat team

Around the Venue


IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie




View of the Petronas Towers outside the IPBES-4 venue


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