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Supporting IPBES capacity building in West Africa

As of: October 2018

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

  • Beginning of 2018 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
  • End of 2017 West African experts from 20 countries met for discussing the work programs of the "Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" in the region

Project data


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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