Supporting IPBES

IPBES – the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - aims to solve a major and seemingly intractable problem – how to translate biodiversity and ecosystem information into effective policy responses to reduce biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.

The University departments and organisations within CCI collectively have a huge amount to offer to the IPBES process, including significant science and research capacity and capacity-building experience. Shared Challenges therefore helped to convene a meeting in April 2011 to discuss how CCI could capitalise on this opportunity and best engage with the process.

This meeting led to a successful application to the CCI Collaborative Fund for a project which involves almost all the CCI partner organisations and a range of University departments. The CCI IPBES Liaison Group was formed as a result, and for more information about the group’s activities, please go to the Collaborative Fund project page: Moving conservation into the mainstream: collaborative CCI action in support of IPBES

Project Aims

The original aim of this project was to gather people from across CCI together to inform them of the latest developments in IPBES and to discuss ways in which CCI could contribute to it through applying to the CCI Collaborative Fund. The CCI IPBES Liaison Group continues this discussion and aims to catalyze collective CCI engagement with this emerging process.

Key Activities

  • CCI workshop: 'Exploring opportunities to engage with IPBES' (14th April 2011) Fourteen people came to a meeting to develop a project concept for the CCI Collaborative Fund.
  • Collaborative Fund project: The Shared Challenges Programme has supported six CCI IPBES Liaison Group meetings between May 2011 and November 2012.
  • CCI workshop: ‘Exploring future scenarios and opportunities for collaboration’ (19th June 2012) Following the IPBES preparatory meeting in Panama in April 2012, a series of discussions of four elements related to the IPBES work plan, where CCI has special relevance or expertise, began with a Shared Challenges workshop.

Conservation Impact

This project has catalyzed an increased awareness of IPBES across CCI organisations, including those that had not previously had the resource to follow developments or explore opportunities. In addition, this is one of the first times that CCI has come together to review the collective contribution it can make to a global initiative and this will provide valuable lessons and experience for future collaborative work.

CCI partners Involved

The Department of Land Economy's core research in economics, law and planning focuses on policies and regulations for the management of land and natural resources. There is particular expertise in...
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent scientific research trust specialising in impartial evidence-based knowledge and advice about populations, movements and ecology of birds and...
The Department of Plant Sciences' research spans plant and microbial sciences. Conservation-related work in the department includes forest ecology and conservation, tropical ecology, mathematical...
The Department of Geography's research clusters focus on society and environment, development and political ecology, culture and demography, environmental processes, landscape modelling and climate...
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, delivering global and regional programmes of conservation and community projects.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. It is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in...
The Centre for Science and Policy helps the sciences and technology to serve society by promoting engagement between researchers and policy professionals. Specifically, we provide: Policy...
Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) is a network that links the diverse Cambridge-based community of conservation practitioners and researchers working at local, national and international levels.
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the specialist biodiversity assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme, the world’s foremost intergovernmental...
BirdLife International is a strategic global partnership of conservation organisations in over 100 countries, working to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and to promote...
Tropical Biology Association is dedicated to building the capacity and expertise of people and institutions to conserve and manage biodiversity in tropical regions. Its network spans 40 countries.
The Department of Zoology carries out wide-ranging work in ecology and conservation including conservation science, aquatic ecology, pathogen evolution and evolutionary ecology. Research of the...

Related Resources

Resource Title Description Type
Postcards: A series of postcards summarising CCI activities, prepared for IPBES The CCI IPBES Liaison Group produced a series of postcards outlining how the work being carried out within CCI could contribute to the IPBES process. The postcards were distributed at the first... Policy briefs, Handouts and booklets