• The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body.
  • It was established by States with an objective to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. 
  • It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments.  
  • It is not a United Nations body. 
    • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services to IPBES. 
    • A large number of NGOs, civil society groupings, individual stakeholders, also participate in the meet. 
  • The work of IPBES can be grouped into four complementary areas namely
    • Assessments: On specific themes (e.g. “Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production”); methodological issues (e.g. “Scenarios and Modelling); and at both the regional and global levels (e.g. “Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”).
    • Policy Support: Identifying policy-relevant tools and methodologies, facilitating their use, and catalyzing their further development.

Building Capacity & Knowledge: Identifying and meeting the priority capacity, knowledge and data needs of our member States, experts and stakeholders.