The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) is a forum at which natural and social scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders identify, structure and focus the strategically important biodiversity research priorities.
Since its inception in 1999 it has met twice a year under successive EU Presidencies to discuss and give recommendations on strategic research priorities for biodiversity.
The agendas of the meetings of the EPBRS balance science and policy and the main tangible deliverable of each EPBRS meeting is a short written agreement on issues that are of high scientific and policy importance.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is the Secretariat of the EPBRS. As such, it plays a crucial role in advising on biodiversity research priorities, in co-organising meetings and editing research priorities recommendations. Our organisation is also involved in strategic decisions pertaining to the future of this initiative.
Among these strategic decisions, our organisation ensures a follow up of EPBRS involvement in IPBES.
Note: The 2002 and 2010 EPBRS meetings took place under the Belgian presidency of the European Union.
In 2010, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform organized an innovative participatory meeting: Positive Visions for Biodiversity.
See the report of the conference.
For more information on the Belgian Biodiversity Platform involvement in EPBRS, please contact Estelle Balian.