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Application as an expert for the nexus assessment

The IPBES Plenary, at IPBES 8 (June 2021) approved the undertaking of the nexus assessment as outlined in the “Scoping report for a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food, and health” set out in annex I to its decision IPBES-8/1 (available here), for consideration by the Plenary at its eleventh session.

1) Nominees are invited to complete the application form and attach their curriculum vitae below by 6 September 2021

2) The nominating Government or organization (Nominator) indicated by the Nominee will receive an email with a link to the nomination form and will be invited to approve and submit the nominations in the web portal by 13 September 2021

3) Nominators and Nominees will receive a confirmation via email once the nomination has been duly submitted. Only candidates duly nominated by a Government or organization will be considered by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. 

Experts should have strong multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary expertise, expertise in one or more disciplines of natural science, social science or the humanities, be indigenous and local knowledge experts or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems. IPBES also encourages policy experts and practitioners to apply. All nominees should have experience in working within interdisciplinary, international and/or global contexts.

IPBES is particularly looking for experts with a scientific and/or practical background in: Environmental, ecological, biological, economic, or social science research on interrelations among biodiversity (including terrestrial, marine, and freshwater) and one or more elements of the nexus—water, food systems, human health and climate change mitigation and adaptation including relevant aspects of the energy system.

Guidance on IPBES assessments for experts (available here)

Relevant areas of expertise include: 

  • Agroecology;
  • Habitat restoration;
  • Sustainable resource management;
  • Systems analysis;
  • Land and resource tenure;
  • Natural resource governance;
  • Resource economics;
  • Distribution, equity and/or justice related to effects of policy or response options;
  • Indigenous knowledge of natural systems, ways of relating to them, and management options;
  • Behavioral and decision sciences;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Conservation planning and implementation;
  • Sustainable finance;
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene;
  • Integrated water resource management;
  • Watershed management;
  • Planetary health, One Health, or other integrated approaches to health;
  • Environmental determinants of infectious and non-communicable diseases;
  • Sustainable and nutritious food systems;
  • Biosafety;
  • Climate and health;
  • Climate change impacts;
  • Climate mitigation and adaptation options;
  • Energy and/or transportation infrastructure;
  • Energy system transformation;
  • Anthropology;
  • Urban and/or landscape planning and design;
  • Development, planning or implementation of policy, finance and/or other socio-political response options for sustainable futures;
  • Local, regional, or national management in sectors associated with the nexus;
  • Multi-objective planning, sustainable development scenarios and pathways analyses within the nexus sectors.