IPBES Nexus co-chair – Dr. David Obura

CORDIO is very pleased to announce that our Director David Obura has been nominated to Co-Chair one of the two big IPBES assessments for the next 3 years, on the interlinkages between biodiversity, water, food and health, dubbed the ‘Nexus Assessment’.

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced the cochairs of two new assessments on 27 January 2022 in a press release accessible here.

“I’m very excited by this new opportunity to co-lead a global assessment” Dr. Obura commented, “the topic goes to the core of the challenges we face in Africa and globally – for coral reefs, oceans and terrestrial ecosystems – where we need to address the multiple challenges for meeting peoples’ needs equitably, and sustaining nature. The assessment will provide an opportunity to grow and deepen our experience within CORDIO and further integrate our streams of work to meet the challenges we face in coastal East Africa. More broadly, I hope this assessment will provide solid foundations for the integrated action needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals in this critical decade for climate, biodiversity and people”.

Dr. Obura co-leads the assessment with Prof. Paula Harrison of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Lancaster University, and Prof. Pamela McElwee, of the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and will be joined in the Assessment by CORDIO’s co-Director Dr. Melita Samoilys as a Lead Author on the team.

This appointment builds on Dr. Obura’s past work with IPBES, which includes being a Coordinating Lead Author in the Global Assessment published in 2019, and a section lead in the IPCC-IPBES joint workshop report on the climate-biodiversity nexus, published in May 2021.

For more information on his interests and links to this work visit his profile page, and on the Nexus Assessment, visit its web-page at this link – https://ipbes.net/nexus.