IPBES e-Conference: Transformative Change Assessment

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IPBES, the inter-governmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services, are organising an e-Conference on 9-11 October.

Its purpose is to seek the broadest possible input (scientists and other knowledge holders, representatives of Governments, and of institutions and organisations, etc.), at this very initial phase in the production of an IPBES assessment, to define the policy-relevant questions that the assessment will address, and to thus make the assessment as relevant as possible to a diversity of stakeholders. The purpose is not to define the structure at this early stage, nor the set of chapters, but to collect the policy-relevant questions that stakeholders would like to see addressed by the assessment.

Agenda

This on-line conference is taking place over 3 days, from Wednesday 9 October (Day 1), to Friday 11 October 2019 (Day 3).

We propose to dedicate day 1 to reflecting on “transformative change as a system change”, asking what transformative change is, why a system-change perspective may be crucial for the conservation, restoration and wise use of biodiversity, compared to incremental change, and in what context.
Day 2 would focus on what to changeand introduce key points of intervention (i.e. leverage points) would be conducive to change (e.g. embracing diverse visions of a good life, reducing consumption and wastes, unleashing values).
Finally, day 3 would discuss how to change the system, focusing on the types of management and governance interventions from a variety of actors that appear the most promising in various contexts (e.g. incentives, cross-sectoral cooperation, environmental law and implementation). Each part will begin with an introductory talk (15 mn), followed by a moderated oral exchange (2 hours), ending with a period of about 24 hours for written contributions.
All times are Central European Summer Time

Day 1 (Wednesday 9 October 2019): Introduction and topic 1 (transformative change as a system change)

Time Item
14.00–14.15 Welcome and introduction: Dr. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary

  • Click here to view the welcoming remarks
  • For an introduction to IPBES and the webinar series please click here.
Topic 1: Transformative change as a system change
14.15-14.30 1.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Kai Chan, The University of British Columbia

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
14.30-16.30 1.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment under topic 1?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
16.30-until noon on Day 2 1.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.30 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 2 (Thursday 10 October 2019): Topic 2 (What to change?)

Topic 2: What to change?
14.00-14.15 2.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Laura Maureen Bosch Pereira, Stellenbosch University

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
14.15-16.15 2.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment under topic 2?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
16.15-noon on Day 3 2.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.15 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 3 (Friday 11 October 2019): Topic 3 (How to change the system?)

Topic 3: How to change the system?
14.00-14.15 3.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
14.15-16.15 3.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment, under topic 3?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange
16.15 until noon on 3rd October 3.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.30 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

How can you join the online conference?

To view the introductory talks and participate in the oral exchanges, please click on the links in the schedule at the indicated times or use the links below.To participate in the online fora, please click on the links in the schedule or in the right-hand menue.

Please note that you need to be logged-in on the IPBES website in order to contribute to the fora.
If you do not have an IPBES account yet, please register here.
Webinar Forum
Transformative change as a system change Day 1 webinar, 2pm – 4.30pm CEST Day 1 forum
What to change? Day 2 webinar, 2pm – 4.15pm CEST Day 2 forum
How To change a system Day 3 webinar, 2pm – 4.15pm CEST Day 3 forum

https://www.ipbes.net/online-conference-seek-input-scoping-process-transformative-change-assessment-9-11-october-2019

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