IPBES Belgian Uptake Event






On 1st October 2018, the IPBES Belgian Focal Point organised the 'IPBES Belgian Uptake Event'. 

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Present the status of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Work Programme, adopted products and the next steps
  • Learn about the findings and policy recommendations of the newly available IPBES Assessments, with focus on the Regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia (i.e. ECA Assessment: see the Summary for Policy-makers)
  • Discuss how Belgian actors, sectors and initiatives can act upon these new  findings
  • Formulate ambitions and concrete actions and follow-up in the context of international commitments
  • Learn about how Belgian experts engage in ongoing IPBES assessments



The programme of the day was a mixture of presentations, panel discussion, and break-out groups. 



The presentations given on the day of the meeting are now available: 

  • Morning session

Introduction of the day by Hilde Eggermont, IPBES Belgian Focal Point

Opening remarks by the Belgian Federal Service by Pierre Biot, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety & Environment; Head of Unit - DG Environment

State of Play of the IPBES by Thomas Koetz, Head of Work Programme for the IPBES Secretariat 

Presentation of the Europe and Central Asia Regional (ECA) assessment by Prof. Mark Rounsevell, Co-Chair of the ECA assessment, University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Afternoon session

Brussels introduction, by Etienne Aulotte - Chef de service, Coordination Plan Nature - Bruxelles Environnement 

Flanders introduction, by Steven Vanonckelen - Policy Officer Business and Biodiversity - Departement Omgeving

Wallonia introduction, by Laura Maebe - Université de Liège 



The report of the meeting is available in English / French / Dutch


English version French version Dutch version






This event was organised by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, hosting the IPBES Belgian Focal Point with the support of INBO, IPBES and Belspo.



The IPBES Belgian Uptake event took place at Herman Teirlinck building in Brussels.



For more information on the outputs of the meeting, please contact Dr Hilde Eggermont, IPBES Belgian Focal Point. 



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