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International Expert Workshop

Policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), December 7th – 9th, 2011, Bonn, Germany

The international expert workshop was organized by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in co-operation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo). The workshop in Bonn was intended to provide input to the intersessional process and to enable an exchange of ideas. 81 participants (from policy, science and society) from 41 countries discussed several topics related to the IPBES function of policy support.

Documentation of the Workshop

Scoping paper
Chair's Summary
Chair's Summary with Scoping paper in Annex
List of Participants

 

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Complete documentation of the workshop

DAY 1

1. Welcome address by G. Sahler, BMU

Manuscript of the welcome address

2. Welcome address by E. Huthmacher, BMBF

Manuscript of the welcome address

3. The needs from the policy perspective - North
by Robin O'Malley

Summary of the presentation

4. The needs from the policy perspective - South
by Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

Presentation

5. Introduction to the background document and
the conference approach (Nicola Breier, Christoph Görg)

Presentation

Minutes of the plenary discussion

6. Knowledge Café:

a. Local:

1. Best practices and experiences in policy support

2. Biggest failures in policy support

3. Major needs and biggest wishes in policy support

Summary

b. National and regional:

1. Best practices and experiences in policy support

2. Biggest failures in policy support

3. Major needs and biggest wishes in policy support

 

Summary

c. Global:

1. Best practices and experiences in policy support

2. Biggest failures in policy support

3. Major needs and biggest wishes in policy support

Summary

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DAY 2

7. Plenary talk: "The policy support functions in
international governance"
by Roger Pielke Jr.

Presentation

Minutes of the plenary

8. Breakout Group Session I
Topic: Scope and functions of Policy Support within IPBES

a. Awareness Raising

Summary

b. Support of strategic policy development

Summary

c. Support of implementation

Summary

d. Ex post evaluation and monitoring of policies

Summary

9. Breakout Group Session II
Topic: Policy tools and methods

a. Models and scenarios

Summary

b. Risk analysis and other valuation methods, e.g. cost-benefit analysis

Summary

c. Indicators

Summary

d. Decision support systems and processes

Summary

10. Open Round Table discussion with participants
from different perspectives:
Multi-scale challenges
for the work area of policy support

Minutes of the discussion

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DAY 3

11. Talk on IPBES status and link of work areas by Jerry Harrison

Presentation

12. Breakout Group Session III

Topic: Discussing the potential operation of the Policy Support
Function using
different examples

a. Eco-tourism and biodiversity

Summary

b. Global pollinator loss

Summary

c. Emerging diseases

Summary

d. Elimination of harmful subsidies and creation of positive incentives

Summary

e. Link of cultural and biological diversity

Summary

13. "Considerations of main needs for the work area / synthesis"
by Roger Pielke Jr. and Summary by the chair

Presentation

Minutes of the discussion

 

Contacts and Links

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo)

Department environmental Politics at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

Research Topic "Interfaces between science and society" at the Department for Environmental Research at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

Website of the workshop at the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)

 

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