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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Meeting the challenge of biodiversity conservation and governance

ISBN 9780367029784
Published January 8, 2018 by Routledge
254 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Twenty years after the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force, the founding of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012 was the outcome of a long process of setting biodiversity issues at the top of the global environmental agenda. With contributions from more than a dozen well-renowned researchers in political science, law and sociology, this book analyzes IPBES functioning and challenges in terms of the knowledge selection process and actors involved. 

The book reveals that, through its conceptual framework, IPBES promotes a pluralistic view of nature that calls for a broadening of the disciplinary frontiers. It combines natural science and social science research and also includes indigenous and local knowledge. IPBES is considered to represent the institutionalization of a permanent knowledge assessment on biodiversity and is often referred to as an IPCC success story, constituting a new stage in global environmental governance. In analyzing the knowledge selection process for IPBES decision making, the book better situates IPBES within the biodiversity and global governance domain. It ultimately argues that the establishment of IPBES provides a new opportunity to coordinate the different international conventions (CBD, RAMSAR, CITES, etc.) and initiatives (international assessment of marine biology, scientific programs, funding, etc.).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Analyzing IPBES Functioning within the Biodiversity Regime Complex and Beyond 

Marie Hrabanski and Denis Pesche 

2. IPBES and Governance of the International Biodiversity Regime Complex 

Daniel Compagnon and Philippe Le Prestre 

3. The Birth of a Science-policy Interface for Biodiversity: The History of IPBES 

Alice Vadrot 

4. IPBES Mandate and Governance 

Denis Pesche, Guillaume Futhazar and Sandrine Maljean 

5. From Climate to Biodiversity: Procedural Transcriptions and Innovations within IPBES in Light of IPCC’s Practices 

Guillaume Futhazar 

6. The IPCC Experience and Lessons for the IPBES 

Daniel Compagnon and Wolfgang Cramer 

7. Making the IPBES Conceptual Framework: A Rosetta Stone? 

Maud Borie and Denis Pesche 

8. Building Process, Effectiveness and Limits of an IPBES Stakeholder Group 

Marie Hrabanski, Mohamed Oubenal and Denis Pesche 

9. Capacity Building for Global Science-policy Interface Activities: Establishment of the IPBES Task Force on Capacity Building 

Selim Louafi 

10. Indigenous Challenges under IPBES: Embracing Indigenous Knowledge and Beyond 

Claudio Chiarolla and Annalisa Savaresi 

11. First Thematic Assessment on Pollination: Between the Legitimization of IPBES and Tensions Regarding the Selection of Knowledge and Experts 

Fanny Duperray, Marie Hrabanski and Mohamed Oubenal 

12. Conclusion  

Philippe Le Prestre

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Marie Hrabanski and Denis Pesche are researchers in political sociology at CIRAD (Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le DĂ©veloppement - French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development), Montpellier, France. Within the research unit UMR ART-Dev, their work focuses on international biodiversity policies.


"There are 11 narrative chapters and a final set of conclusions that provide some excellent food for thought ... For those interested in the science-policy interface or in the problems in finding agreement between diverse stakeholders with conflicting expectations, there is much of interest in this volume." - David Walton, in The Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (September 2017).