5 Sept 2013, Seoul, Korea — The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and Korea Environment Institute (KEI) hosted a workshop entitled “Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Regional Interpretation of the IPBES Conceptual Framework and Knowledge Sharing” in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 2 to 4 September 2013, with joint support from APN and the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea.
The main objectives of the symposium-cum-workshop are (1) to discuss regional interpretation of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) conceptual framework, which is at the final stages of development and is expected to be adopted at the the organisation’s second plenary session (IPBES-2), scheduled to be held in Antalya, Turkey, from 9 to 14 December 2013; and (2) to share knowledge and practices, from a regional perspective, on promoting conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services for regional assessment.
Outcomes of the workshop, particularly on current practices, challenges and recommendations regarding regional implementation of IPBES will be summarised and submitted to IPBES-2 as an information document, covering the four key functions of IPBES — policy support, assessments, knowledge generation and capacity building. The information document, together with the workshop report, will be widely distributed at various biodiversity related international forums, including IPBES-2, CBD-SBSTTA, GBIF Governing Board meeting.
The workshop outputs are fully in line with the objectives of APN’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (B&ES) Framework adopted at the 18th IGM/SPG Meeting in 2013, and will contribute to one of the thematic focuses of APN’s Third Strategic Phase (2010-2015): ecosystems, biodiversity, and land use.
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