[Invasive-species] Contributing to the BE government review of the Invasive Alien Species IPBES assessment (First Order Draft)

Sonia Vanderhoeven s.vanderhoeven at biodiversity.be
Wed Sep 9 10:07:42 CEST 2020

Dear colleagues,

You have probably learned through different channels of communication
that the IAS assessment of IPBES has now reached an important stage, the
review by experts external to the first order draft. This review is key to
ensuring the relevance of the final product for policy and management.

Given the outstanding Belgian expertise in this area, the contribution of
our community is all the more valuable as it will allow us to develop a
Belgian government contribution to this review.

You will find below the practical information relating to this invitation.

Best regards,

Dr Sonia Vanderhoeven

Science Officer
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
www.bi <http://www.biodiversity.be/>odiversity.be

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External review of the draft chapters of the of IPBES invasive alien
species assessment
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Dear Belgian IPBES Stakeholder/colleague,

We are pleased to announce the start of the external review of the for
the *first
order draft of the chapters of the IPBES thematic assessment of invasive
alien species and their control *(IPBES invasive alien species assessment

The period for this first external review of the draft chapters runs
from the *31st August until the 18th October 2020.*

The aim of this review is to increase the policy relevance of the
assessment by engaging governments and stakeholders early in the process of
defining the policy questions that this assessment will address.

This assessment will assess the current status and trends of invasive alien
species, their impacts, their drivers, their management, and options for
policy to deal with the challenges they pose. The assessment takes into
account various knowledge and value systems including local and indigenous
knowledge. The assessment will be solution-oriented and will provide
policymakers with flexible and pragmatic response options, including
strategies for prevention and adaptive management of invasive alien species.

For further information, please consult the full scoping document

One of the most important phases in the IPBES assessment process is the
external review by interested and qualified experts, including scientists,
decision makers, practitioners, and other knowledge holders. The widest
possible participation and the highest diversity amongst experts in this
external review is vital to ensure the scientific quality and policy
relevance of this assessment.

To *participate as an expert reviewer* for the review of these draft
chapters, please follow these 3 steps:

   1. Make sure you are registered on the IPBES website
   2. Once you are registered and logged in, apply to become an IPBES
   external reviewer
   this assessment;
   3. Then, you will receive an email providing confidential access
   to the draft chapters and the template for submitting your comments.

The comments must be submitted to the assessment technical support unit (
ipbes-tsu-ias at iges.or.jp) no later than 18 October 2020 23:59 (Tokyo, Japan
local time).

We highly encourage you to also share your comments with the Belgian IPBES
National Focal Point so that we can include them in the official Belgian
response. Please send a copy of the template with your comments to:
l.goudeseune at biodiversity.be by the *11th of October 2020*.

Please feel free to circulate this message in your network.

We thank you again for your participation and assistance in strengthening
the IPBES assessments through this external review.

Lise Goudeseune, for the IPBES National Focal Point
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