The Swiss Biodiversity Forum, in close collaboration with the Federal Office for the Environment, is organizing IPBES-CH, the national platform for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Call for nominations of experts to participate in the nexus assessment

The IPBES plenary approved the undertaking of the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessment), as outlined in the scoping report, and invites governments and other relevant stakeholders to nominate experts to participate in the nexus assessment.

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Nominated 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.

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.

Please follow these steps if you would like to nominate yourself as expert to participate in the nexus assessment until September 6, 2021:

  1. Register as user of the IPBES website if you have not already done so.
  2. Apply to become an expert for participating in the nexus assessment.



Dr. Eva Spehn
Swiss Biodiversity Forum
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern