Dr Michelle Lim participated in the Chapter 6 meeting of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment from January 30 to February 3 2017. The meeting was hosted by NINA – the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. The Assessment brings together international experts and fellows who have been nominated by their Governments or organisations and have been selected to support the implementation of the IPBES work programme 2014 -2018. The Global Assessment, which began in 2016, will last three years. The final outputs will be presented to the Plenary of IPBES in the first part of 2019. The outputs will represent one of the landmark products of IPBES and will play an important role in several major international policy frameworks for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
As an IPBES Fellow, Michelle contributes to the authorship of Chapter 6. The Chapter focuses on opportunities and challenges for decision-makers at all governance levels including relevant United Nations agencies, biodiversity-related agreements and other relevant conventions and agreements. Michelle is contributing to the analysis of specific issues and opportunities for action of decision- and policy-makers particularly as it relates to the effectiveness of legal instruments at the international and national level.