Call for expert reviews of IPBES draft documents | POGO

Call for expert reviews of IPBES draft documents

As part of the open, transparent and collaborative process in the development of IPBES assessment reports, the external First Order Draft review by experts of the IPBES thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi) and of the four regional assessments (Africa, Asia Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b) will run until 11 July 2016.

Since all the regional assessments should have a marine component, and since there was a significant shortage of marine experts in some of the working groups, we would like to ask all interested experts to review this part, especially for the Assessment for Europe and Central Asia (ECA). All the marine regions of ECA were addressed, so it would be extremely useful if you could review the parts where your expertise is most relevant, e.g., Baltic ecosystem trends, Black Sea ecosystem services. You do not need to review the whole assessment. All names of expert reviewers who provide comments will be published on the IPBES website and acknowledged in the Annex of the respective report.
If you are willing to do this, please email Isabel Sousa Pinto - . Instructions for reviewers are provided below.
Instructions for reviewers:
All reviewers will have to fill the registration form available at Please note that access to this form requires you to login as a user on the IPBES website and register for a new user account if you do not have one yet. Once your registration has successfully been received, the secretariat will review it and grant you access to the draft chapters located at within 48 hrs. The first order draft is confidential. One of the conditions of being an expert reviewer, to which you have to agree upon registration, is that the drafts cannot be cited, quoted or circulated. Please submit your review comments by 11 July 2016. Comments for respective regional or land degradation and restoration assessments should be provided through dedicated templates called 'Review comments templates' which are provided with the draft chapters. Please email review comments to the respective IPBES technical support units for the assessments:   
•    Land degradation and restoration assessment:
•    Africa assessment:
•    Asia Pacific assessment:
•    Americas assessment:
•    ECAassessment: and
Comments will only be accepted if they are properly inserted into the given template. Expert reviewers are requested to fill in each required field in the review template (reviewer name, chapter that is being reviewed, the start and end page and line on which the comments are being provided, and the comment itself).  

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