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First External Review Now Open for the IPBES Global Assessment

The first order drafts of the chapters of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services are currently open for external review.

This assessment will be the first global snapshot of the state of the world’s biodiversity in more than a decade, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The global assessment will provide decision makers with the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the options to protect and use these natural assets more sustainably. Furthermore, the global assessment will provide vital data to assess progress against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Scientists, decision makers, practitioners and other knowledge holders are invited to engage in this first external review to ensure the scientific quality and policy relevance of the global assessment.

Review Period for the Global Assessment

The review period is from 15 June to 15 August 2017.

How to Participate

If you would like to be an expert reviewer for the global assessment, please follow these easy steps:

1) Register and log in the IPBES website at

2) Once you are logged in, apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters at

3) Further instructions will be provided via email once you applied to become an IPBES external reviewer.

Other Ongoing Reviews

Concurrently running are the external reviews of other IPBES assessments for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, and Land Degradation and Restoration (ending 26 June 2017) and the Americas regional assessment (ending 24 July 2017). This external review of the global assessment is a separate process, running in parallel to the others.