JBF-IPBES Capacity Building Project is a project conducted by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). This project is supported by the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF) through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), to support the implementation of IPBES Asia Pacific Regional Assessment.
What is IPBES?
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision-makers. The mission of IPBES is 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. （For more information, please visit http://www.ipbes.net/）
IPBES and its regional assessment for Asia and the Pacific
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is conducting assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These assessments are to be based on, in addition to scientific knowledge, the knowledge, practices, observations and understandings of indigenous peoples and local communities.
The Asia-Pacific assessment addresses the interrelationships between biological diversity and society, including nature’s benefits to people, as well as human well-being. It focuses on changes that affect food, water, energy, livelihoods and health. It also considers the importance of biodiversity for social relationships, spirituality and cultural identity, and addresses issues of equity, including inter- and intra-generational equity.
The IPBES Asia-Pacific assessment focuses on the following themes, among others:
- status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in the region
- land degradation & restoration
- sustainable use & conservation
- invasive alien species & their control
IPBES was established in April 2012, aiming 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. Since the beginning of the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018, stakeholders have been urgently requesting capacity development to fill gaps in implementation capacity to accomplish the work programme. According to the needs assessment on capacity building approved at the Third IPBES Plenary (Decision-3/1), the key challenges for the implementation of the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 and in particular, of regional assessments (Deliverable 2b) are:
1) Integration of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) into implementation of regional assessment;
2) Application of outputs of scenario analysis and modelling to the regional assessments;
3) Policy support for decision-making by policymakers and stakeholders.
Goal and purpose
This project aims to strengthen the science–policy interface through building capacity for the implementation of the regional assessment and through enhancing the use of IPBES deliverables in decision-making on national policies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Asia-Pacific region. This project consists of three components related to the identified three key challenges.
Summary of components
The three components of this project related to the key challenges are as below:
Component 1: Integration of ILK into implementation of regional assessment
Identify available indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) documentation across the Asia-Pacific region by networking with ILK holders and experts, and engaging them in the Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment (APRA) process.
Component 2: Application of outputs from scenario analysis and modelling assessments (Deliverable 3c) to the regional assessments
Share the outputs from the methodological assessment on scenarios and models (Deliverable 3c) with authors of the scenario analysis and modelling Chapter in the APRA and other regional assessments, and provide guidance to deepen their analyses through organising 2nd Workshop on Scenario Analysis and Modelling for IPBES Assessment.
Component 3: Policy support for decision-making by policymakers and stakeholders
Organise science-policy dialogues in the sub-regions of the Asia-Pacific to provide guidance on knowledge and policy support tools developed by the APRA and other deliverables of the IPBES Work Programme for decision-makers and stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.