Dr Michelle Lim participated in the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Fellows Workshop held in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain from 17-20 January 2017. IPBES is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services biodiversity provides to society. The mission of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. IPBES performs regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at the global level. Over a thousand scientists from all over the world voluntarily contribute to the work of IPBES. Michelle was one of sixteen IPBES Fellows selected from 246 applicants for the IPBES Global Assessment. Michelle was nominated by the World Social Sciences Council for this role.
The Bilbao Fellows workshop not only brought together IPBES Fellows from the Global Assessment but also each of the Regional Assessments and the Land Degradation Assessment. At the workshop, Fellows exchanged experience on how best to manage the challenges and opportunities presented by being involved in IPBES assessments. Specific sessions addressed important topics such as how to produce a summary for policy makers and developing graphics with impact.
Michelle is leading an interdisciplinary paper authored by all 16 IPBES Fellows of the Global Assessment titled: ‘Early Career Scholars and Practitioners Essential for Planetary Sustainability’. The Bilbao workshop provided the opportunity to discuss the paper with co-authors and to make progress towards anticipated submission in March.