The first meeting on the "IPBES" - the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serivices is taking place this week in Nairobi at the UNEP headquarters.
The CBD Alliance will have some analysis on this important initiative in the coming weeks. One intervention made by Joji Carino from Tebtebba is below to whet your appetite.
STATEMENT ON WORK PROGRAMME - TEBTEBBA
(Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy Research and Education
Tebtebba sees the establishment of IPBES, as an opportunity for indigenous peoples and local communities to play a critical role in strengthening the knowledge platform to address the biodiversity and ecosystems crisis. In turn, collaboration with IPBES on assessments, knowledge generation and capacity-building activities would enhance indigenous peoples’ own knowledge and understanding, relevant for territorial and ecosystem management efforts and local livelihoods.
IPBES, as a knowledge platform must draw its strength from science and from other diverse knowledge systems, working in ways which are inter-cultural, collaborative, and complementary.
IPBES needs to embrace the “added value” from the contributions of diverse knowledge systems, and make a transition away from scientific models of validation and extraction towards other systems of knowledge.
Therefore, the work programme of IPBES must consciously embrace cultural and knowledge diversity, and also address the challenges presented by diverse knowledge systems.
A dialogue engaging indigenous peoples, scientists and governments at different levels, could begin to identify areas of collaboration and priorities to be included in the work programme.
An expert workshop can also focus on addressing the challenges around collaboration between scientists and traditional knowledge holders, including on indicators on status and trends in traditional knowledge, issues of access to traditional knowledge, documentation, and methods of validation, including the use of non-peer reviewed literature.
My organisation stands ready to collaborate with others in organising such activities.