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 first step in the production of this assessment, as for all IPBES assessments, consists in defining the scope of the assessment, including the overall framework, set of chapters, and their brief content, and a timeline and budget for its production. This will be done at a “scoping meeting” in early 2020 (information on the date and venue of the meeting is available in our calendar), and for which there is currently a call for nominations of experts, with a deadline of 15/29 October 2019 (please see here for the call for nominations). The experts will be selected by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in January 2020 and candidates and nominators informed shortly thereafter. The “scoping report” produced at that meeting will be considered by the Plenary at IPBES 8 (tentatively planned for February 2021). If approved, the assessment would begin immediately after IPBES 8, with a call for experts to produce that assessment.

An online conference to provide Governments and stakeholders with the opportunity to provide early input to the scoping process will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2019. See here for more information.