GEF BBL: Establishing an Intergovernmental Science - Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Change

May 18, 2009

The GEF invites you to attend at the next event of the GEF Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Anantha Kumar Duraiappah
Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics
Division of Policy Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

Moderator: Jaime Cavelier
Sr. Program Manager, Natural Resources, GEFSEC

Tuesday, May 18
12:30 - 2:00 PM

GEF Secretariat Main Conference Room (6-151)
1776 G Street NW, Washington DC
Food and Drinks will be served


In 2005, French president Chirac convened an international meeting bringing together the policy and scientific community working on issues relating to Biodiversity to explore the needs and modalities of an inter-governmental panel on biodiversity.

A number of regional meetings were organized and a final meeting was held in 2007. At the final meeting, the international science committee agreed on needs, principles and objectives for strengthening the interface between science and policy in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services and change and its impacts on human well being, and invited the Executive Director of UNEP in collaboration with the government of France, other governments and other partners to convene an intergovernmental meeting to address the issue.

This outcome was to a large extent influenced by a written statement by a consortium of partners who had gathered a month earlier in Stockholm to establish the Global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Follow up Strategy, which called for the two initiatives to explore synergies and complementariness.

This presentation will give an overview of the process and progress made since 2007 and provides some of the key components of the proposed intergovernmental science-policy interface and highlight some of the key opportunities and challenges.

If interested in attending at the event, please contact Ms. Jaime Cavelier,, Tel. 202-473-4886