Supporting IPBES capacity building in West Africa
As of: August 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