Final chapters of the IPBES Values Assessment, and of the IPBES Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment now available


The final chapters are much more detailed, with many new examples from around the world. The final chapters also provide a range of valuable additional evidence and policy options in advance of the many major global environmental negotiations this year, including COP 27 of the Climate Convention in Egypt, COP 19 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Panama, and especially COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal. The policymakers at CBD COP 15 will, in fact, receive direct briefings from IPBES experts in Montreal about these reports as they embark on the task of adopting the new Global Biodiversity Framework for the next decade.

A few highlights from the final chapters of these two IPBES Assessment Reports:
Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment Report:

  • Describes in detail the multiple contributions from various knowledge systems, including indigenous and local knowledge, to enhance the sustainable use of wild species [Chapter 1 – 1.4; Chapter 2 – 2.2.4]
  • Demonstrates that sustainable use of wild species is possible through many cases studies all over the world
  • Describes the status and trends of diverse uses of wild species and practices associated with them, including fishing, gathering, logging, terrestrial animal harvesting (such as shearing and hunting) and observing [Chapter 3]
  • Explores what ‘sustainable use’ entails and how it can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals [Chapter 1 – 1.6]
  • Compares the effectiveness of policy options to better govern the sustainable use of wild species [Chapter 6 – 6.5]
  • Highlights drivers of sustainability – including issues such as climate change, governance, trade and incentives [Chapter 4]

 Values Assessment Report:

  • Explores the different ways that nature and its contributions to people are thought about across a number of knowledge systems, as well as socio-economic, ecological and cultural contexts [Chapter 2]
  • Assesses a range of valuation approaches and methods to make visible and capture the values of nature in decisions, with insights about making valuation more relevant, robust and resource efficient [Chapter 3]
  • Looks at the extent to which values are expressed in or excluded from institutional and governance systems, while assessing the results for both people and nature of recognizing diverse values in decision-making [Chapter 4]
  • Assesses which combinations of values of nature are most supportive with scenarios and pathways to sustainability and how more diverse values can help mobilize system-wide transformative change [Chapter 5]
  • Underscores opportunities and challenges for operationalization of values and valuation as leverage points, offering principles to guide this process [Chapter 6]

As a reminder, you can also still find the media releases and launch materials on the IPBES website here:

Sustainable Use of Wild Species
Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature