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Supporting IPBES capacity building in West Africa

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

The project initializes a capacity-building framework across West Africa to support the work-programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversityand Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and in particular the assessments. The overarching goal is to connect biodiversity- and ecosystem-experts from West African universities, research institutions and existing science-policy interfaces. Annually conducted workshops will act as exchange platforms and as distribution hubs for IPBES developments, supplemented by a web-based discussion group to connect experts and policy makers across the region and beyond.Complementarily, a Master of Science (MSc) program on biodiversity- and ecosystem-assessments will be established at one West African university and comprise of participants from 15 partner countries. Altogether, the framework shall act as pioneer for strengthening the sub-regional expert pool to support and disseminate assessments within the scope of IPBES.

State of implementation/results

Project in implementation phase
  • The newly established interdisciplinary Master program „Managing the Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development in West Africa" started in Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire in early 2018
  • West African experts from 20 countries met for discussing the work programs of the "Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" in the region at the end of 2017
  • At a second expert round, the focus was on the Africa Assessment, ratified by IPBES and its significance for the implementation on the national level

Project data

Ghana, Ivory Coast

Implementing organisation:
Universität Bonn

Partner institution(s):
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)," Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) - Ghana"
  • Félix Houphouët Boigny Univerity (UFHB) - Côte d‘Ivoire,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ),Nangui Abrogoua University (UNA) - Côte d‘Ivoire,West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use,World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

BMU grant:
2.493.294,72 €

02/2017  till  01/2022


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