Conceptual Framework of IPBES
On the central panel, delimited in gray, boxes and arrows denote the elements of nature and society that are the main focus of the platform. In each box, the text in black indicates categories that should be intelligible and relevant to all interested parties in IPBES, and cover the categories of Western science (green) and equivalent or similar categories in other systems of knowledge (blue). The blue and green categories are illustrative, not exhaustive, and are best explained in Diaz et al, 2015. The solid arrows on the main panel denote the influence among the elements; the dotted arrows denote links that are recognized as important but are not the primary focus of IPBES. The colored arrows, to the right and bottom of the main panel, indicate that interactions between elements change over time and occur at various spatial scales. The vertical lines at the extreme right of the figure indicate that, although the scope of IPBES inventories is on the supranational-subregional to global scales, they will be partly constructed from relations and properties acting on finer scales.
Adapted from Diaz et al (2015) “The IPBES conceptual framework – connecting nature and people”. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 1-16.