Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is on a path to becoming the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems, and the essential services they provide for human well-being. Through a first of its kind biodiversity and ecosystem service (BES) case study review and hosting a workshop in Seoul in September 2013, APN helped elaborate Asia-Pacific regional strategies under its Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Land Use (EBLU) research agenda and developed strong synergies with IPBES and other stakeholders. The project enhanced APN’s capacity to address contemporary needs for applied multidisciplinary research into biodiversity management and ecosystem change. Outputs from the project included: a review on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem service (BES) knowledge in the Asia-Pacific informed by 58 regional assessments; a workshop featuring 41 science and policy experts from across the Asia-Pacific; a formal information document recommending actions to the second IPBES plenary (IPBES-2) in Antalya, Turkey in December 2013; a presentation of project results at official International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) side-event at IPBES-2; and a conference paper for the 2013 International Symposium on Ecotopia Science in Nagoya.
Project • AOF2013-01SY-Japan/ROK