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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in April 2012, as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. IPBES provides a mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities.

IPBES website


France's participation in IPBES


Paul Leadley
 Professor at University Paris-Sud, is a member of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel for the Western Europe and other States region.

MarieRoueMarie Roué, Director Emeritus of research in anthropology at CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), is a member of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel for the Western Europe and other States region.

EmmanuelleMatrasSwynghedauwFranceEmmanuelle Swynghedauw, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is the French focal point for IPBES.

The French Committee for IPBES: since 2011, the FRB provides scientific and technical support to the government to prepare IPBES negotiations, through the mobilisation of many experts. It coordinated a study on the process to mobilise experts in France for IPBES, which led the relevant ministries (Foreign Affairs, Research and Ecology) to officially set up a French Committee for IPBES in 2013.

The French Committee for IPBES is constituted of three main groups: representatives from research organisations (AllEnvi network), representatives from relevant ministries (Foreign Affairs, Research, Ecology, Overseas Territories) and biodiversity stakeholders (representatives from FRB’s Stakeholders Advisory Board and from the Monitoring Committee of the National Strategy for Biodiversity).

The FRB hosts the Scientific Secretariat of the French Committee for IPBES. Its main missions are to promote the mobilisation of French experts for IPBES work, to disseminate scientific information and to support French stakeholders. It works closely with the French focal point for IPBES, who is based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

To date, French experts are involved in all expert groups and task forces established by IPBES but one. A total of 39 experts were selected, out of 123 nominations suggested by France.


Did IPBES assessment on pollinators have an impact in France?

Flyer EN-minFlyer presenting the project of the French Committee for IPBES implemented by FRB and Iddri

6 priority questions suggested by France for IPBES work programme

6q-icon en6 Questions (2012 - English)

European National Biodiversity Platforms as Partners for the Implementation of the IPBES Work Programme


French stakeholders care for pollinators