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Third authors meeting for the IPBES nexus assessment





Date & Time

05 February 2024 to 11 February 2024

Organizer: IPBES


About the meeting

ICIMOD and the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal are co-hosting the third authors meeting for the IPBES nexus assessment. The nexus assessment is a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food, and health, which is currently being prepared for consideration by the Plenary at its eleventh session in 2024. The meeting will be attended by 170 experts from all the regions across the world. This meeting will be followed by the third meeting for advancing Summary for policy makers from 10-11 February 2024, also at ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • IPBES nexus assessment (Third lead authors meeting): 5–9 February 2024
  • Summary for policy makers meeting: 10–11 February 2024

This event is being partially supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)-funded Himalayan Resilience Enabling Action Programme (HI-REAP) under the Climate Action for a Resilient Asia (CARA) programme.



  • Discuss the outcomes of the second external review of the second draft of the chapters
  • Finalise text, tables, and figures for the final draft of the chapters
  • Work on the second draft of the summary for policy makers



The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, signed by 143 countries, established to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main objective of the IPBES is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop biodiversity policies. IPBES plays a crucial role in assessing and evaluating the state of global biodiversity and ecosystem services and guides to inform policies and foster global collaboration.

ICIMOD is committed to biodiversity conservation and maintaining environmental health to restore landscapes and sustain ecosystem services in the region. ICIMOD is a member of IPBES with observer status since 2012 with Nakul Chettri, Senior Biodiversity Specialist at ICIMOD, being the focal point. We have been contributing proactively to the past and ongoing assessments including the iconic Global Assessment, Regional Assessment for Asia and Pacific, Scenarios and Models, and Pollinations among others. Currently, Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services Specialist and Abid Hussain, Senior Economist and Food Systems Specialist at ICIMOD, have been contributing to the nexus assessment, the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health as the Lead Authors. Furthermore, Janita Gurung, Biodiversity Conservation Specialist at ICIMOD, is contributing to the Transformative Change Assessment, a thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change, and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity as the Coordinating Lead Author.