Add your ideas: how can IPBES help fill knowledge gaps in biodiversity?

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Updated 27 March 2024

IPBES would like to know:

  • How can IPBES best communicate knowledge gaps, and encourage people to help fill them?
  • What activities or deliverables are needed to communicate knowledge gaps?


How IPBES is addressing knowledge gaps

Alongside its assessments of biodiversity and nature's contributions to people, IPBES does a range of related work. This includes Knowledge generation catalysis, which mainly addresses knowledge gaps:*

  1. Supporting IPBES assessment authors in identifying knowledge gaps in their work.
  2. Collecting those knowledge gaps.
  3. Communicating knowledge gaps related to upcoming and ongoing IPBES assessments. Encouraging external organizations and initiatives to address identified knowledge gaps.

IPBES activities to communicate knowledge gaps include:

  • Webinars on knowledge gaps. Download (5.15 MB) example slides on invasive alien species.
  • A new database on knowledge gaps. Access the database.
  • Regional workshops on knowledge gaps.


What else can IPBES do to address knowledge gaps?

Share your ideas by 5 May 2024 in the form linked below.

Note that you need to be logged in to access the form: if you do not already have one, please create a user account on the IPBES website; that account is different from your ONet account.

>> Form to share your ideas

>> The Executive Secretary's call (Notification EM/2024/12)


You might also be interested in the new IPBES database on knowledge gaps. It is currently available for the the Invasive alien species assessment, the Global assessment, and each of the four Regional assessments; knowledge gaps identified in other assessments will be added, soon.


* For more details, please refer to the workplan [pdf] approved by the IPBES Plenary in 2023; this is part of the IPBES plenary's decision IPBES-10/1 [available for download as pdf or docx].


Photo by Fotokon on Adobe Stock: Sunset over the river Liwiec in the Mazowsze region of Poland. The river is part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in the EU. Learn more about it on the official website.