National Focal Points
Lorenzo Ciccarese, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research - ISPRA
Deputy National Focal Points
Valeria Giovannelli, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research - ISPRA
Leonardo Tunesi, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research - ISPRA
+39 32 04 36 52 12 (Lorenzo)
+39 33 46 24 33 33 (Leonardo)
HOW IS ITALY ORGANISED TO GET ENGAGED IN IPBES
After joining IPBES in 2020, Italy’s Ministry of the Environment has appointed three experts of the ISPRA (Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), the Italian environmental protection agency, as IPBES primary and secondary NFPs, covering different scientific domains related to IPBES activities.
Most of the activities carried out so far by the NFPs are related to the promotion of the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Furthermore, the NFPs work in different way to increase familiarity of potential stakeholders with IPBES’ mission, products, and activities.
The Italian IPBES’ NFPs contribute to the IPBES deliverables, for instance by reviewing the assessments, and by disseminating IPBES products, and by communicating main outputs to national media, e.g. workshops and assessments. The NFPs also organise and coordinate processes such as peer-review of documents, nomination of experts, preparation of national positions for the IPBES plenaries, etc.
Based on the specific topics and issues addressed in the call, the NFPs identify the most relevant national expert and invite them to apply for the call.
Calls for experts are disseminated by the websites and institutional mailing lists of the ISPRA's and of the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The NFPs review the CVs and propose a list of nominees. The information on IPBES activities and calls are further disseminated through conventional and new social media.
In the case of calls for nomination of experts for workshops, assessments, or other activities, the NFPs prepare specific official communication to relevant stakeholders. Stakeholders are also informed when the nomination can be done by channels other than the NFPs. The NFPs examine the proposals received and, on the basis of the qualifications, assess their official nomination to IPBES. All nominated people are thus informed by NFPs and assisted in their submission. The NFPs then validate the nomination(s).
CONTRIBUTION TO THE IPBES WORK PROGRAMME
Italy is member of IPBES since the beginning of 2020. The main activities carried out so far were aimed at creating a network of expertise to support the implementation of IPBES activities and products at national level. For this reason, efforts have been made to raise awareness on IPBES’ mission, goals, activities, and products, and on the opportunities and ways to participate in IPBES. The main activities are:
- Attendance to the IPBES official meetings;
- Translation of policy-makers’ summaries into Italian + publication on the webpage of ISPRA, together with the link to the full English versions of the assessments;
- Coordination and support with the review of IPBES's assessments published in this period;
- Dissemination of information on call for experts, publication of reports and assessments through mailing lists, websites, and social media;
- Support the process of submission and validation of nomination of national experts;
- Follow-up of the IPBES activities and products in other fora, e.g. CBD meetings and documents.
Italy joined IPBES in 2020. To date, activities have been focused on developing/starting projects relevant to IPBES, mainly in the areas of capacity building, dissemination, communication, and education.
Seminars and meetings have been organised with potential partners and stakeholders (e.g. institutions, research centres, NGOs) to assess different options and products/deliverables (e.g. webinars, seminars) in the field of capacity building and dissemination.
TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT WITH STAKEHOLDERS
The Italian IPBES NFPs engage with different stakeholders by disseminating IPBES notifications via institutional websites, informing them by e-mail about IPBES initiatives and publications, and informing the general public via the media.
Part of the activities are also focused on the promotion of participation of researchers and experts to the different IPBES activities, requests and products, encouraging them to formulate comments and to submit their applications.