What is a conceptual framework

Conceptual framework

The work program of the IPBES is integrated into a conceptual framework that supports the complex work of the platform. The conceptual framework in the figure below illustrates in a greatly simplified model six essential elements of the socio-ecological system and their interactions, which are central to the implementation of the goals of the intergovernmental body.

The conceptual framework thus provides the basis for the development, structuring and implementation of the IPBES work program, including the linking of the individual work elements and the four overarching IPBES task areas: knowledge generation, assessment, policy support instruments and capacity building. The conceptual framework is a tool to enable a common understanding of work between different disciplines, forms of knowledge and actors. He tries to reconcile the complex interplay between humans and nature as well as the different value systems including indigenous and local values.

The conceptual framework of IPBES strives for a holistic view that is necessary in order to secure biological diversity as the basis for human well-being and sustainable development.

At the seventh plenary session of IPBES (IPBES-7), the multidisciplinary panel of experts (MEP) and the office were asked to review the conceptual framework according to Objective 6 (b) of the work program (Decision IPBES-7/1).

Source: Summary for Policy Makers: Inside (SPM) of the IPBES Global Assessment
The terms "nature", "nature's contributions to people" and "good quality of life", which are shown as black headings in the main field of the figure, include different ideological approaches. Green text describes the scientific concepts, blue text the concepts of other knowledge systems. The solid arrows in the main field indicate the influence between individual elements, the dashed arrows indicate connections that are recognized as important, but are not the main focus of IPBES.