Call for reviewers for IPBES Assessment draft chapters

June 28, 2016

Expert reviewers are currently being sought for the First Order Draft reviews of the IPBES thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration, and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa; Americas; Asia Pacific; and, Europe and Central Asia.

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) is a science-policy interface established to provide a robust evidence base, together with the necessary tools and local capacity, to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on global ecosystems and loss of biodiversity; thereby securing long term human wellbeing and sustainable development. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, as such, experts are needed from a number of disciplines: natural science, social science, economics, data and modelling and traditional knowledge.

The secretariat invites all expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of one or more assessments. Interested reviewers are requested to fill the registration form available here: http://www.ipbes.net/registration-review-first-order-drafts-ipbes-assessments. Please note that access to this form requires you to login as a user on the IPBES website and register for a new user account if you do not have one yet.

Once your registration has successfully been received, the secretariat will review it and grant you access to the draft chapters located at http://www.ipbes.net/fod-assessments within 48hrs. The first order draft is confidential. One of the conditions of being an expert reviewer, to which you have to agree upon registration, is that the drafts cannot be cited, quoted or circulated.

Please submit your review comments by 11 July 2016. Comments for respective regional or land degradation and restoration assessments should be provided through dedicated templates called ‘Review comments templates” which are provided with the draft chapters. Please email review comments to the respective IPBES technical support units for the assessments:

To develop a UK government view of the assessments it would be helpful for experts to copy their responses to the Stakeholder Hub ([email protected]), if they are happy to do so.

Comments will only be accepted if they are properly inserted into the given template. Expert reviewers are requested to fill in each required field in the review template (reviewer name, chapter that is being reviewed, the start and end page and line on which the comments are being provided, and the comment itself).  All names of expert reviewers who provide comments will be published on the IPBES website and acknowledged in the Annex of the respective report.

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