The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking input from the scientific community on the IPBES work program and operating procedures. Comments will help to shape the platform’s work to identify knowledge needed, policy support tools, and capacity building needs. Input on the rules of procedure will be used to shape the initiative’s operations.

IPBES is an international effort that aims to strengthen the interface between the scientific community and policymakers regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. As proposed, IPBES will operate similarly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The creation of IPBES was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. Since then, delegates from the world’s nations have met to negotiate the details of the framework for the new initiative. The international community is expected to meet again in the spring of 2012 to continue negotiations.

Comments on both draft documents are being accepted through 15 December 2012. More information is available at


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