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MINI-SYMPOSIUM "Policy for biodiversity and ecosystem services: threats become opportunities"


On 8 January 2019, and as a follow-up of the IPBES Belgian Uptake Event that took place on 1st October 2018, the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), in collaboration with the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organises the mini-symposium "Policy for biodiversity and ecosystem services: threats become opportunities". The goal of the symposium is to brainstorm on concrete economic and policy solutions to help turning the tide and avoid negative ecological, economic and social effects for Flanders.

The event will mainly take place in Dutch.

Register online


IPBES BELGIAN UPTAKE EVENT


On 1 October 2018, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point (coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform) organised the IPBES Belgian Uptake Event. The purpose of the meeting was to share information on the ECA assessment released in March 2018 and to have discussions in break-out groups divided into the three regions: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels.

Read the report online. 


4th IPBES BELGIAN EXPERTS MEETING 


On 15 May 2018, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point (coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform) organised an exchange meeting for Belgian experts engaged in the implementation of the IPBES workprogramme. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the IPBES Global Assessment and its review process, to share information on current calls emanating from IPBES Secretariat, and to collect feedback on how to improve the service offered by the IPBES Focal Point.

Read the full report online. 


3d IPBES BELGIAN EXPERTS MEETING 


On 24 May 2017, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point (coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform) organised an exchange meeting for Belgian experts engaged in the implementation of the IPBES workprogramme (for scoping exercises, actual assessments and/or reviewing processes). The purpose of the meeting was to update on main progress of IPBES; provide background information on IPBES assessments and their review, and explain how to engage; discuss main features of a useful assessment; collect first feedback on the Regional Assessments, and Land degradation and restoration assessment to feed the government review. 

Read the full report online.


 2nd IPBES BELGIAN EXPERTS MEETING 


On 21 November 2016, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point (coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform) organised an exchange meeting for Belgian experts engaged in the implementation of the IPBES workprogramme (for scoping exercises, actual assessments and/or reviewing processes). The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of progress made over the last year and to collect feedback on the functioning of the expert groups (e.g. experts involved in the regional assessments). During the meting, Belgian experts exchanged their views and provided key recommendations on how to improve the implementation of the IPBES workprogramme.

A summary of the recommendations is available online, as well as a full report.

Presentation is available here


1st IPBES BELGIAN EXPERTS MEETING 


On 30 October 2015, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point (coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform) organised an exchange meeting for Belgian experts engaged in the implementation of the IPBES work programme (for scoping exercises, actual assessments and/or reviewing processes). The purpose of the meeting was threefold:

  •  Sharing best practices, discuss working modalities, synergies amongst assessments, and practical issues (time management)
  • Improve the general understanding of the IPBES process 

  • Provide suggestions to improve the implementation/quality/usefulness of the assessments, and the functioning of bodies involved in IPBES (national focal points, secretariat,…)

The meeting was very well received, and proven useful. Report is available here

  


1st INFORMATION SESSION ON IPBES


On 16 May 2014, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform organised an Information Session on IPBES.

Keynote presentations can be viewed here:

A brief history of IPBES (powerpoint), by Hilde Eggermont, Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Belgian National Focal Point to IPBES

Functions and Objectives of IPBES (powerpoint), by Hans Keune, Belgian Biodiversity Platform 

Governance, rules and procedures of IPBES (powerpoint), by Hendrik Segers, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science

2014 – 2018 Workplan, with focus on the role of the experts in the actual implementation (powerpoint), by Pataki György - Multidisciplinary Expert Panel IPBES, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Stakeholder engagement strategy: objective and status (powerpoint), by Katja Heubach, UFZ, Germany 

Larger Policy Landscape and links with major relevant international initiatives and conventions (powerpoint), by Eva Spehn, Executive Officer Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) project, DIVERSITAS

Regional approach to IPBES: Lessons learned from the NoK project (powerpoint), by Estelle Balian, Belgian Biodiversity Platform

Illustration of the role of IPBES using the IUCN task force on systemic pesticides as an example (powerpoint), by Frédéric Chemay, FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium