On 19-23 August 2019, a few months after approval of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES assessment of invasive alien species was launched with a stimulating and productive first author meeting in Tsukuba, Japan.
In the IPBES Global Assessment Report, invasive alien species have been identified as one of the main direct drivers of biodiversity loss at global level. Led by three co-chairs of the expert group preparing the assessment report, Aníbal Pauchard1,2, Helen Roy3, and Peter Stoett4, about 70 experts from more than 40 countries, carefully selected to encompass all regions and expertise, will be assessing the current status and trends of invasive alien species and their impacts, taking into account various knowledge and value systems and providing policy-relevant options to promote effective invasive alien species management and adaptation strategies.
During the five-day meeting in Tsukuba, the expert group developed the outline of the assessment report, based on the scoping document, and discussed the timeline and role-sharing. The final draft of the report will be presented at the tenth session of the IPBES Plenary, for consideration by representatives from more than 130 member states.
The meeting was organized by the IPBES technical support unit for the assessment of invasive alien species, hosted by IGES at its Tokyo Sustainable Forum, and supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
1 Laboratory of Biological Invasions (LIB), Faculty of Forestry, University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile.
2 Institute of de Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB), Santiago, Chile
3 Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
4 Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Canada
Tsukuba International Conference Center (2-20-3, Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan)
IPBES Technical support unit for the assessment of invasive alien species
c/o IGES Tokyo Sustainability Forum
Shinbashi SY Bldg. 4th floor, 1-14-2 Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-0003