The critical role of IPBES stakeholders in achieving global nature goals — global issues
Anne Larigoderly
  • opinion Written by Anne Larigoderly (Bonn, Germany)
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But who are IPBES stakeholders? Any person or organization that can benefit from or contribute to IPBES science policy activities is an IPBES stakeholder. These include not only individual scientists, knowledge holders, experts and practitioners, but also institutions, organizations and groups working within and outside the field of biodiversity and the contribution of nature to humans.

There are two main self-organizing groups of IPBES stakeholders. Ornette and IIFBES. ONet provides a wide range of spaces for individuals and organizations to exchange knowledge, coordinate actions and deepen their involvement in the activities of IPBES, including with social science subgroups and young researchers. IIFBES is a network that brings together the expertise, perspectives and interests of indigenous peoples and communities interested in IPBES work. Both of these “umbrella” groups help amplify diverse voices, knowledge systems, and experiences to strengthen science policy on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to humans. This is important not only for supporting IPBES but also for the success of biodiversity plans.

IPBES stakeholders contribute to the achievement of biodiversity plans in three different ways. First, it strengthens the scientific base that underpins policies that protect biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people. Their expertise, incorporated into the IPBES assessment, helped shape the targets and indicators for the biodiversity plan. IPBES stakeholders will also continue to play a central role in ensuring that actions to achieve these goals are based on solid scientific knowledge and evidence.

Second, IPBES stakeholders are equipped with the resources and tools provided by IPBES, including evaluation reports and summaries for policy makers, to advocate for and bring about change. These resources provide valuable insight into national, regional and global thematic issues. When considered by decision makers, these become catalysts for evidence-based policy. Effective dissemination and utilization of these resources is paramount to translating global goals into concrete on-the-ground efforts that address local challenges. Therefore, stakeholders can make a significant contribution by providing information on the widespread use and effective use of IPBES products.

Third, IPBES stakeholders have tremendous opportunities to participate in international forums where policy decisions are considered and made. Active engagement and participation in decision-making bodies within these forums, coupled with their own extensive networks, facilitates the exchange of knowledge and resources. Collaborations forged in this environment bridge the gap between science and policy. Many IPBES stakeholders are actively participating in the CBD process, for example, facilitating the exchange of information between these two organizations and thereby promoting the effective implementation of biodiversity plans.

Only through collective action and close collaboration between international organizations, policy actors, scientists, local and indigenous communities, and other relevant stakeholders can we seamlessly translate science into policy and practice and Biodiversity planning goals can be achieved in a timely manner. Therefore, more individuals and organizations need to seize the opportunity to become active IPBES stakeholders. Joining the IPBES community is not only a commitment to a sustainable future for people and nature, but also a proactive response to the pressing global biodiversity crisis.

Dr. Anne Larigoderly I am the Executive Director of IPBES ( – Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. It provides an objective scientific assessment of the current state of knowledge about Earth’s biodiversity, ecosystems, and their contribution to people, as well as options and actions to protect and sustainably use them. Important natural assets.

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