IPBES Survey on Incorporating Indigenous and Local Knowledge in their Global Assessment

IPBES is calling for contributions to help advance the inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. This could include for example information about publications and reports, data, information about organizations, name of individual experts that work on indigenous and local knowledge.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, and French, and linked to an online Google Translator for other languages. It should take betweem 5-15 minutes to complete. The deadline for contributions: Friday, 15 September 2017.

What is the Global Assessment: The ongoing global assessment (GA) of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking inputs from experts on and representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities from around the world. The GA is examining status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in land, inland waters, coastal zones and oceans that have taken place over the last 50 years, as well as short and long-term future scenarios.

The GA is timed to assess the current and inform the next Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and to provide inputs to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Over 150 authors and reviewers, from over 60 countries, and numerous contributing authors are part of the GA. The inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge is central both to the overall conceptual framework of IPBES and to the scope of the GA.

We would like your input: This online CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS is intended to invite experts on ILK, holders of ILK, as well as their organizations and networks to provide inputs such as: 1-Publications (peer-reviewed and technical), reports and case studies, websites, and data; 2-Information about organizations and networks; 3-Name of individual experts.

IPBES pays explicit attention to Free, Prior and Informed Consent. We are looking for information and material that are already publicly available and do not represent sensitive or proprietary data/information.

This call for contributions is part of a series of activities designed to ensure a participatory approach to the inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge. It complements an open review process and several dialogue and consultation meetings with representatives of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

How will this information be used: All information and files provided in this ‘call’ will be added to a database of publications, organizations, and authors to be used by the Global Assessment and by other IPBES activities. These materials will be read and assessed by authors of the Global Assessment. If the material (articles and books, reports, websites, datasets) is used as part of a given chapter, it will be properly cited and acknowledged in the assessment report.