First external review of the IPBES transformative change assessment now live!

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The first external review of the thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity (transformative change assessment),  is open from 3 February to 17 March 2023.

The first external review is one of the most important phases in the IPBES assessment process and is addressed to interested and qualified experts. The widest possible participation and most diverse engagement of interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision makers, practitioners and other knowledge holders from all relevant disciplines and backgrounds, is vital to ensure the scientific quality, credibility and policy relevance of the assessment.

If you would like to participate as an expert reviewer in this external review, please follow these steps:

  1. Register as a user of the IPBES website ( if you have not already done so;
  2. Register to review the draft assessment at
  3. Once registered, you will receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and glossary of the assessment;
  4. Comments must be submitted in English using the Excel comment template available on the same webpage as the chapters;
  5. The secretariat has a new system for submitting comments electronically; when you are ready to submit your comments, please upload your completed Excel template no later than 17 March 2023 at (you must be logged in to upload your template);
  6. If you encounter any technical issues uploading your comments template, please contact [email protected]t

Two online dialogues with stakeholders, including practitioners, are scheduled during the review period:  

  • 8 March, 10:00-12:00 CET
  • 8 March, 16:00-18:00 CET