Thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health
The IPBES Plenary, at IPBES 7 (April/May 2019, Paris), adopted a new work programme (2019-2030; available here), following up on the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018.
This new work programme includes a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessment), which will examine the interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans and combating climate change.
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 (consolidated version available here). The assessment will be considered by the Plenary at its eleventh session.
The first external review of the first draft of the chapters was held from 9 January-19 February 2023. Dialogues with stakeholders, including practitioners, were held during the first external review. The second Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) dialogue was held from 17-19 January 2023 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The second author meeting was held 20-24 March 2023 in Kruger National Park, South Africa, followed by the first meeting to advance the summary for policymakers. The second meeting to advance the summary for policymakers was held from 4-6 July 2023 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The experts of the nexus assessment are now working on the second draft of the chapters and the first draft of the summary for policymakers.