Supporting decision making and building capacity to support IPBES through national ecosystem assessments
As of: November 2020
In January 2015 the IPBES Plenary approved a list of priority capacity building needs. Prominent amongst these is “enhancing the capacity to undertake, use and improve national assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services”. This project will support national ecosystem assessment in six developing countries, all IPBES Members. The assessments will be collaborative processes involving relevant stakeholders in building an improved understanding of the role and value of biodiversity and ecosystem services across sectors. Efforts will be made to ensure that lessons learned in each project country are also shared more widely amongst those planning and implementing assessments elsewhere. This project was developed at the request of the Task Force and in response to submissions to the Matchmaking Facility. The project will be closely associated with the work of the IPBES Task Force on Capacity Building and its technical support unit, and with the Sub-Global Assessment Network.
State of implementation/results
- Capacity-building has been a key element of the work programme of IPBES since its establishment. Activities identified as a priority by the IPBES Plenary include enhancing the capacity to undertake, use and improve national ecosystem assessments. To support the work of IPBES, WCMC is supporting four countries to undertake national ecosystem assessments (NEA) adapting the framework developed by the former for Global Assessments. The project started in 2019 with four country partners and an academic counterpart.
- This project builds on the German Government’s support to IPBES and supports the national ecosystem assessment in Azerbaijan, including integration of the assessment findings of into national and/or sub-national policy making frameworks. State of implementation/results: (1) Undertake national ecosystem assessments for selected ecosystems; (2) Identify and implement policy support tools to help integrate assessment findings into policymaking and mainstreaming into relevant sectors; (3) Identify and undertake specific country-level capacity-building activities e.g. national platforms; (4) Establish a national platform comprising national, regional experts and relevant stakeholders including Ministries and Agencies to assist in guiding the national assessments and biodiversity related activities long term.
- The aim of the NEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina is to develop a dialogue between the scientific community and decision-makers on the use of natural resources and nature conservation. This is to support an informed dialogue and sustainable decision making, built from the analysis of the state of nature (biological/geological/ecological diversity) and the trends that result from existing management options. Through the NEA Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH has the opportunity to compile all relevant research data and present them to decision-makers as basis for informed decision-making. As the focal point for the implementation of CBD and IPBES in Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH, the obligatory political partner of the project is the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism from whom the NEA team has great assistance and support. The implementation of the NEA in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBiH’s complex and its administration is challenging. Nevertheless, the NEA is very important at national level. The project has its own web page www.procjenaprirode.ba/ where all NEA related news are published.
- The NEA project in Cambodia aims to develop a dialogue between the scientific community and decision makers on ecosystem services and human well-being and the notion that the ecosystem health and human well-being are linearly related, and human well-being may affect ecosystem health. The assessment will be focused on human well-being and linkages between social and economic activities and environmental management, identifying direct and indirect drivers of change that can impact biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The project team has a great assistance and support from the Ministry of Environment (MoE), including CBD and IPBES focal points; who is the obligatory political partner. Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) is the implementing partner. RUPP will coordinate and implement certain activities in the assessment assignment, provide experts and work with MoE and other stakeholders. With the support of WCMC and international experts, the team has received capacity building and have been able to manage many challenges. Project progress and findings is disseminated from local to national levels across with various platforms such as meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, teaching and social media. Results from the assessment will be evaluated and approved by Biodiversity Technical Working Group (BTWG) before public dissemination. The project is considered quite important in Cambodia for supporting sustainable development goals and government’s rectangular strategy.
- Grenada undertook a highly participatory and multipronged approach facilitate maximum stakeholder engagement and input during the scoping stage of its NEA. Six community- and national-level workshops were held targeting a range of civil society, private sector and Government stakeholders. A video competition was also launched to expand stakeholder reach and input. These inputs fed into the draft scoping report and a complementary participatory scoping exercise video produced by stakeholders and the CANARI Technical Secretariat (see draft at www.dropbox.com/… ). Efforts to designate the National Biodiversity Platform and establish the National Management Committee took place in tandem with the aforementioned activities. In addition, Grenada’s existing Sustainable Development Council was designated as the National Biodiversity Platform for this initiative.