2022/009: IPBES-9: Assessment on Connectivity

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is pleased to draw Parties’ attention to the upcoming ninth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-9: 3–9 July 2022 in Bonn, Germany), which, as per Decision IPBES-7/1 paragraph 8, will consider requests for an assessment on ecological connectivity. The topic is to be discussed under Agenda item 10 as per document IPBES/9/1.

In 2019 at IPBES-7, several requests, inputs and suggestions for an assessment on the theme of connectivity were made including by three global conventions, namely CMS and its Agreements, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (WHC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

In prioritizing the requests received for new assessments as part of the second rolling programme of work, IPBES-7 decided to defer consideration of the assessment on connectivity as well as of a second global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, to IPBES-9.

In 2020, CMS COP13, through Resolution 10.8 (Rev.COP13) and Decisions 13.11 and 13.13 underscored the importance of the assessment on connectivity and requested both Parties and the CMS Secretariat to promote its inclusion in the IPBES rolling work programme up to 2030 at IPBES-9 Plenary in 2022.

Given the importance that connectivity has gained in the last years in the context of numerous global processes and decisions including the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), the eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the UN Decade on Restoration, an assessment on connectivity would be highly relevant and timely.

Notwithstanding the above, the background document for this agenda item, document IPBES-9.12 “Requests, input and suggestions for additional elements of the rolling work programme of the Platform up to 2030”, proposes that the Plenary may wish to postpone its consideration of the assessment to its tenth session (IPBES-10), together with the request for a second global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services and any further requests, inputs and suggestions which may be received by then. 

The document enclosed to the present notification and its annex provide considerations including on the scientific and policy relevance of this assessment not only for CMS but also to other global processes, with a view to support an informed decision by IPBES-9. The document and its annex may also be tabled as an information document for IPBES-9.

CMS National Focal Points are encouraged to liaise with their IPBES counterparts to ensure that appropriate consideration is given by IPBES-9 to the need for timely development of an assessment on connectivity, including to possibly conduct it over a period of two years following a fast-track approach, as was done in other cases.  

For any further information please contact Laura Cerasi, Fundraising and Partnerships Officer, CMS Secretariat, E-mail: [email protected].

Last updated on 22 June 2022