IPBES opens a call for nominations for experts for the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people assessment

2 October 2023

IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, has exciting news for experts in the field of biodiversity and conservation. IPBES Plenary has officially opened a call for expert nominations for the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature's contribution to people. 

The purpose of the monitoring assessment is twofold:

(a) To facilitate national and global endeavors in monitoring biodiversity, nature's contributions to humanity, and the fundamental causes underlying observed changes.

(b) To focus on tracking progress toward the objectives and targets outlined in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, thereby strengthening the balanced and improved execution of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Additionally, this assessment will play a crucial role in contributing to the monitoring efforts associated with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its Sustainable Development Goals, and other pertinent international environmental agreements, processes, and initiatives.

Who are they looking for?

IPBES is seeking experts and practitioners from academia, government, and civil society with expertise in various fields, including but not limited to:

  • Ecology, evolution, social science, economics, statistics, and biodiversity modeling.
  • 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, such as environmental DNA, ecological acoustics, camera-traps, hyperspectral imagery, and artificial intelligence.
  • National and subnational monitoring programs 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.

The deadline for submitting your nominations is January 6, 2024. For further details on the nomination process, please check here.