This week the Intergovernmental Platform on Bioversity and Ecosystem Services — IPBES to its friends1 — has been enjoying its first plenary meeting in Bonn, of all places. You can read the dailies here, but you won’t learn much.
You can also read things by other people present. I was touched by a blog post from Guy Pe’er, representing the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology2 He wrote about the “stakeholder day” held last Sunday to agree their position on certain things, and among the poignant items on which the stakeholders agreed was this gem.
We are not “lobbyists”: we hold knowledge and inputs without which IPBES may fail, and they need to do a bit more to include this “we” into both structure and processes, rather than just “observe” processes or “be welcome” to make suggestions.
I don’t doubt it. I wonder, though, to what extent either the IPBES or the stakeholders represent agriculture. So far, in three days of meeting the word “agriculture” has appeared only once in those dailies, and that as the name of a organisation of the UN. Searching for “IPBES AND agriculture” doesn’t hold out much hope.Footnotes: