9.30 - 9.45: Welcome by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and by the IPBES Belgian Focal Point

By Aline van der Werf, Project Manager for BELSPO and by Hilde Eggermont, IPBES Belgian Focal Point and Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform

9.45 - 10.00: Opening remarks by the Belgian Federal Service

By Pierre Biot, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety & Environment; Head of Unit - DG Environment

10.00 - 10.30: - State of Play of the IPBES 

By Thomas Koetz, Head of Work Programme for the IPBES Secretariat

10:30 - 11.15: Presentation of the Europe and Central Asia Regional (ECA) assessment 

By Prof. Mark Rounsevell, Co-Chair of the ECA assessment, University of Edinburgh, UK

11.45 - 12.00: Biodiversity and biodiversity governance in Belgium

By Hendrik Segers CBD-National Focal Point Belgium

12.00 - 12.30: Short testimonies from Belgian IPBES Experts 

12.30 - 13.30: Complimentary lunch offered by INBO. 

13.45 - 15.00:  Panel debate - how could we concretize the IPBES recommendations in Belgium?

This session allowed for different actors and stakeholders to reflect on the usefulness of the ECA assessment.
-Hilde Eggermont, IPBES Belgian Focal Point
-Maurice Hoffmann, Administrator General Research Institute Nature and Forest (INBO)
-Philippe Baret, Dean of the Faculty of Bioengineers, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
-Etienne Aulotte, Bruxelles Environnement
-Anne Teller, European Commission DG Environment
-Luc Bas, Director of the European Regional Office, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

15.00 - 16.30: Workshops session: How can we support IPBES, increase the impact, and translate its outcomes in practice? 

Breakout groups discussions: concrete actions in the Regions and involvement of the research community

16.30 - 17.00: Plenary wrap up from the breakout groups and feedback/ impressions on the day.

17.00: Closing remarks by Maurice Hoffmann (INBO) followed by a Reception offered by INBO.