The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced a call for experts to participate in Platform workshop for 12-15 January 2021 that will be focussed on "Modelling Nature Futures Scenarios". This workshop may be followed by one or more physical meetings later in 2021. The workshop follows on from the draft Nature Futures Framework developed by the IPBES task force on scenarios and models.
The objectives of this workshop are to introduce the Nature Futures Framework and help catalyse the development of scenarios and models for IPBES by communities that develop and apply models of different types, scales and domains relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The workshop will:
- Seek feedback and contributions from the modelling community on the draft Nature Futures Framework and its methodological guidance
- Discuss further methodological steps to enable these modelling communities to simulate quantitative scenarios of nature, nature’s contributions to people, and a good quality of life, using the Nature Futures Framework at different scales
- Discuss future collaborations between the task force and modelling communities for further development and application of the Nature Futures Framework to support assessments and policies on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
As a contributing organisation, EuroMarine can nominate interested experts to the workshop panel.
Nominated experts should have recognized expertise related to a wide spectrum of models on biodiversity and ecosystem services across different scales and disciplines. Particular emphasis will be given to experts on models that represent multiple interactions between biodiversity, climate change, food, water, health and energy, and/or models that include multiple direct and indirect drivers that are key determinants of transformative change, with a view to supporting the nexus and transformative change assessments. All nominated experts (Nominees) will need to be available for the full duration of the online workshop, scheduled for 12-15 January 2021 and are expected to participate in the possible physical workshops later in 2021.
Interested experts wishing to take part in the workshop should fill out the short application form and attach their curriculum vitae through the dedicated web portal at: https://ipbes.net/application-modelling-nature-futures-scenarios-workshop. If you are not yet registered on the IPBES website you will also need to register: https://ipbes.net/user/register. Applicants should select EuroMarine as the nominating organisation.
The last day for applications is 9 November 2020. Approved nominations will be notified and submitted by 16 November 2020.
The full text of the call is available below.