Call for nominations for experts for the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people assessment


Deadline: 19 december 2023

               The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. Recently, the IPBES Plenary approved the undertaking of the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people (“monitoring assessment”). The objective is to support national and global efforts to:

  • Monitor biodiversity, nature’s contributions to people and the direct and underlying causes of the observed changes;
  • Monitor progress towards i) the goals and targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in support of a balanced and enhanced implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and ii) to the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements, processes and efforts. 

               IPBES is seeking experts and practitioners from academia, government, and civil society with expertise in a range of disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Ecology, evolution, social science, economics, statistics and biodiversity modelling;
  • Monitoring biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems;
  • The use of in-situ and remote sensing measurements, community-based monitoring and citizen science;
  • Diverse and new technologies for estimating and monitoring biodiversity; (environmental DNA, ecological acoustics, camera-traps, hyperspectral imagery and artificial intelligence); 
  • National and subnational monitoring programmes and systems (including those led by Indigenous Peoples and local communities), global observing systems, and citizen science initiatives; 
  • Indicators and the use of indicators in policy and decision-making; 
  • Institutional and financial requirements to strengthen monitoring systems. 

               Further to the call for nominations of experts for the monitoring assessment (EM/2023/36), Governments and other relevant stakeholders are invited to nominate candidates to participate in the IPBES fellowship programme for the monitoring assessment. All Governments and relevant organizations or institutions are encouraged to submit nominations. Nominating organizations or institutions are not required to have been admitted to the Plenary of IPBES as an observer. All nominated experts (Nominees) need to be available to attend the relevant author meetings, with the first author meeting tentatively scheduled for October 2024. 

               Procedure for nomination: 

  • Nominees must complete the application form and attach their curriculum vitae through the dedicated web portal. You will need to login with your IPBES website log in credentials. Nominees not yet registered on the IPBES website will need to do it here;
  • The nominating government or organization (Nominator) indicated by the Nominee will receive an email with a link to the nomination form and will be invited to approve and submit the nominations in the web portal;
  • Nominators and Nominees will receive confirmation via email once the nomination has been submitted. 

Experts wishing to be nominated by a Government are encouraged to contact their IPBES National Focal Point and are requested to fill out their application form by 19 December 2023. Interested experts must review the information document summarizing IPBES assessment conditions and roles prior to submitting their application. Nominators (Governments or organizations) should submit the nominations of all Nominees, which they would like to support, before 6 January 2024.