[Belgian Biodiversity Platform Newsflash] You are invited to the Information Session on IPBES

Belgian Biodiversity Platform Newsflashes newsflash at biodiversity.be
Fri Apr 4 10:44:59 CEST 2014

Dear colleagues,

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is organising an* Information Session
<http://www.biodiversity.be/ipbes> on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES
It will take place on *May, 16 2014 at BELSPO, Brussels; from 9 am to 1 pm.*

The aim of this Information Session is to inform you (scientists/ other
relevant stakeholders) on the history, objectives, functions, governance
and work programme of IPBES, the wider policy landscape in which it has to
find its place (i.e. relevant Conventions), and the regional support
approaches to IPBES.

The Information Session *will help you to better evaluate your **potential
contribution* to the implementation of the 2014-2018 IPBES Work Programme,
and initiate some discussions on IPBES' role, functioning and challenges (e.g.:
feasibility of its workplan, stakeholder involvement, current and future
challenges etc.).

Indeed, with Belgium as Member State, IPBES will likely impact on Belgian
scientists and policy makers involved in the field of biodiversity and
ecosystem services, and vice versa. The Belgian community (knowledge
holders, policy makers from various fields, and stakeholders) *will be
invited to contribute to the assessments*, capacity building activities,
and development of policy tools and methodologies foreseen in IPBES work

*Please note that the IPBES Chair has just launched a new call to nominate
experts by June 8, 2014. Information/ Invitation will be sent to you

The participation to the Information Session is free of charge but
is mandatory.  *

More information and online registration (before May,

Feel free to spread the
invitation<http://www.biodiversity.be/2525/download/inline> in
your network.

We look forward to meeting you all on May 16th.

Best wishes,

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform <http://www.biodiversity.be/>
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