Professor Marie Stenseke is currently engaged in the scientific lead of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES was established under the auspices of UN in 2012, and the UN bodies UN Environment, UNDP, UNESCO and FAO.
The objective 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. The main work of IPBES is to carry out global, regional and thematic assessments on the state of biodiversity and of the contributions nature provides to society.
Marie Stenseke has been the co-chair for IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) since 2015. MEP consists of 25 experts from all over the world, and is tasked to oversee all IPBES scientific and technical functions. As a MEP member, Stenseke is part of the management committee for the IPBES assessment on sustainable use of wild species. She has previously been engaged in IPBES Global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as in IPBES assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia. Furthermore, Stenseke has been active in the conceptual evolution, extending the understanding of people’s benefits from nature from a narrow understanding of ‘ecosystem services’ to a more inclusive ‘nature’s contributions to people’ taken place in IPBES.
Diaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martin-Lopez, B., Watson, R.T., Molnár, Z., Hill, R., Chan, K.M., Baste, I.A., Brauman, K.A. et al. (2018). Assessing nature’s contributions to people. Science, 359, 270-272.
IPBES (2019). Global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Díaz, S., Settele, J., Brondízio E.S (Red), IPBES secretariat, Bonn.
IPBES (2018). The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia. Rounsevell, M., Fischer, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A. and Mader, A. (eds.). IPBES secretariat, Bonn.
Pascual, U., Balvanera, P., Diaz, S., Pataki, G., Roth, E., Stenseke, M., Watson, R.T., Başak, Dessane E., Islar, M., Kelemen, E. et al. (2017). Valuing Nature's Contributions to People: The IPBES Approach. Curr Opin Environ Sustain, 26, 7-16.