Supporting ecosystem assessments
As of: January 2022
In 2015, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) set priorities for the assessment of ecosystems. Such priorities included training national stakeholders to perform these assessments. This is the aspect addressed by this project, which supports ecosystem assessments in partner countries. Project support includes the specific implementation of actual assessments, the development of policymaking instruments and the setup of a leadership group to provide active assistance for ecosystem assessments. In addition, the project also organises international workshops to support knowledge sharing.
State of implementation/results
- The first draft of the ecosystem assessment report for Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently under review.
- In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a series of dialogues with local communities has taken place with the goal of their involvement in the development of the assessment and mapping of ecosystem services.
- Teams of authors have been established in all four partner countries and have started working on the drafts of the national ecosystem assessments.
- In November 2020, Azerbaijan launched the National Biodiversity Platform. The platform aims to strengthen the engagement of practitioners, policy makers and various stakeholders in the process of preparing the ecosystem assessments.
- In Grenada, the existing Sustainable Development Council has been designated as the National Biodiversity Platform for the initiative.
- In Cambodia, the Technical Working Group on Biodiversity and two online networks of experts serve as the national biodiversity platform.
- A capacity building programme has been developed, with online seminars for project partners on various topics.
- All four partner countries completed the scoping reports for their ecosystem assessments.
- In Grenada, seven community and national level workshops were held targeting a range of civil society, private sector and government stakeholders. A video competition was also held to broaden stakeholder outreach and input. These inputs informed the draft scoping report and a complementary video on the participatory scoping exercise (www.dropbox.com/…).
- The global inception workshop was held in Cambridge in January 2019.
- The Expert Leadership Group of national, regional and international experts was established in late 2018 to support national ecosystem assessments and the development of tools and methodologies.
- The project is active in outreach and uses various newsletters to communicate project progress.
- In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the project has its own website on which all news on the national ecosystem assessments are published (www.procjenaprirode.ba).