First External Review of the IPBES Nexus Assessment Now Open
Global News
article written by MRI
10.01.23 | 01:01

The first external review of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food, and health (nexus assessment), is now open from 9 January to 19 February 2023 (6 weeks).

The first external review, which focuses on the first draft of the chapters of the assessment, is one of the most important phases in the IPBES assessment process and is addressed to interested and qualified experts (referred to as “the expert reviewers”). The widest possible participation and most diverse engagement of interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision-makers, practitioners, and other knowledge holders from all relevant disciplines and backgrounds, is vital to ensure the scientific quality, credibility, and policy relevance of the assessment. The MRI also encourages participation that can provide a mountains lens for these reviews. Interested and qualified experts are invited to comment on the text according to their knowledge and experience. The names of all expert reviewers will be acknowledged in the reports.

If you would like to participate as an expert reviewer in this external review, please follow these steps:

  1. Register as a user of the IPBES website ( if you have not already done so;
  2. Register to review the draft assessment at;
  3. Once registered, you will receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and glossary of the assessment;
  4. Comments must be submitted in English using the Excel comment template available on the same webpage as the chapters;
  5. The secretariat has a new system for submitting comments electronically; when you are ready to submit your comments, please upload your completed Excel template no later than 19 February 2023 at (you must be logged in to upload your template);
  6. If you encounter any technical issues uploading your comments template, please contact

Two online dialogues with stakeholders, including practitioners, in the context of the first external review of the assessment, are scheduled during the review period: 

  • 9 February 2023: 9:00-11:00 CET  
  • 9 February 2023: 18:00-20:00 CET

National focal points are welcome to attend the dialogues. Please note that you must register as a reviewer to participate in the dialogues (step 2 above). The dialogue registration link will be made available by email after a successful registration as a reviewer. Please contact the technical support unit on capacity-building for technical questions regarding the online dialogues (

About the IPBES

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments. It is not a United Nations body. However, at the request of the IPBES Plenary and with the authorization of the UNEP Governing Council in 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services to IPBES. Read more about IPBES here.

Cover image by Art Markiv.