Framing a Nordic IPBES-like study

Introductory Study including Scoping for a Nordic Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, based on IPBES methods and procedures

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Natural resource depletion and adverse impacts from environmental degradation, including loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and their associated knowledge, add to and exacerbate the list of challenges which humanity faces. In order to address these challenges, policy makers need credible and independent information that take into account the complex relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem services and people. To meet these needs the "Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" (IPBES) was established in 2012. Its purpose is to assess the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and essential services they provide for human well-being. This report is the result of an introductory and scoping study, laying the foundation for a Nordic Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services based on IPBES methods and procedures.



Indigenous and Local Knowledge

Within the Nordic Scoping Study a separate, but interacting, study was performed regarding how best to include indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in a future Nordic assessment, in line with the IPBES commitment to “Recognise and respect the contribution of indigenous and local knowledge to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems”. This commitment has led IPBES to form a specific Task Force for Indigenous and Local Knowledge, and to develop procedures and approaches for ILK in IPBES. The aim of the Nordic scoping study on ILK was to develop a Nordic methodology to be applied in a full Nordic IPBES assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. At the same time, it is hoped that it will contribute to the IPBES experiences globally on how to connect between indigenous, local and scientific and other knowledge systems. This methodology should fulfil the requirements of legitimacy, credibility and usefulness for all involved, and full and active participation, reciprocity and free, prior informed consent (FPIC), as outlined in a Multiple Evidence Base approach.


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