German IPBES-Coordination Office
Coordinating body of the national processes supporting the work programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Germany
In April 2014, the Federal Ministries for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB, now the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection - BMUV) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) established the German IPBES Coordination Office in Berlin/ Bonn to scientifically and technically support the national work and processes within IPBES. The German IPBES Coordination Office is located at the DLR Projektträger (project management agency) as part of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR (German Aerospace Centre).
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
IPBES was established in 2012 as an intergovernmental science-policy interface. Its secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany. IPBES informs policymakers about the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystems, and the nature's contributions to people. IPBES does not conduct its own research, but collects and assesses existing knowledge, including indigenous and local knowledge. Based on objective and reliable information, it derives scientifically validated options for action to protect and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems to inform policy and decision making processes. IPBES is supported by scientists other experts worldwide in the assessment of the available data and other relevant information.
The German IPBES Coordination Office works at this science-policy interface, and promotes the integration of scientific and other relevant expertise from Germany into IPBES work processes. The coordination office also provides scientific and technical support to the Government in preparation and during intergovernmental consultations.
Furthermore, the German IPBES Coordination Office also assists the government in the development of innovative research and environmental policy opportunities that will enable visible and important contributions from Germany to safeguard and sustainably use biodiversity at the national, regional and global level.
The German IPBES Coordination office supports the Ministries of Environment and of Research in their efforts to raise awareness of the key message emerging from the work of the IPBES on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems, and transformative actions needed to safeguard nature for long-term human well-being and sustainable development.