External Review of IPBES Assessments by Governments and Experts

Make a difference this International Day of Biodiversity by adding your voice to the external review of The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) assessments.

IPBES aims to finalize five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018: four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and a thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration.

One of the most important phases in drafting assessments is the period in which they are opened for external review by any interested experts, ranging from scientists and decision-makers, to practitioners and the holders of indigenous and local knowledge. The wider the range of expert participation in the external review, the more credible, legitimate and policy-relevant the assessments will be. Social scientists with expertise in biodiversity are warmly encouraged to participate.

The eight-week period for external review of the second order drafts of the assessment chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers is now open and runs from 1 May until 26 June 2021 for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments; and from 29 May until 24 July 2021 for the Americas assessment.

Experts wishing to participate will first need to register as users of the IPBES website if they have not already done so. They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters per assessment on the same website. They will receive confidential access to the draft chapters and summaries for policymakers and will be requested to submit their comments in English using a template that will also be supplied. All relevant comments will then be addressed by the assessment authors in the next round of revisions.

IPBES has recorded a 20-minute webinar focusing on how Governments especially can participate in this external review.

More information is available on the IPBES website.