CABES - Capacity Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Experts in West, Central & East Africa
The project will develop and strengthen expertise in West, Central, and East Africa to engage in IPBES. It will inform national decision-making processes amongst multiple stakeholder groups to support the implementation of political decisions for better management and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services/nature’s contributions to people. Target groups include researchers, practitioners from the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations, indigenous and local knowledge holders and women. The project will establish a network of science-policy platforms to contribute to the implementation of the IPBES work programmes at different levels: nationally in eight countries, sub-regionally (15 countries in West Africa, ten countries in Central Africa and 13 countries in East Africa) and regionally in 38 countries. The project will train early career scientists, researchers and facilitators to manage science-policy interfaces.
- Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Madagascar, Sierra Leone
- IKI funding
- 7,988,000.00 €
- 02/2022 till 01/2030
- Implementing organisation
- Universität Bonn
- Political Partner
- Ethiopia Biodiversity Institute (EBI)
- Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAA) – Cape Verde
- Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC) - Burkina Faso
- Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Madagascar
- Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Côte d’Ivoire
- Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - DR Congo
- Ministry of Water, Forest, Ocean, Environment responsible for the climate plan, sustainable development ojectives, land use plan and IPBES Focal Point - Gabon
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & CBD National Focal Point of Sierra Leone
- Implementing Partner
- Addis Ababa University, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoAREC)
- African Center of Excellence on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CEA CCBAD)
- CoKnow Consulting
- UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
- University of Lubumbashi (FSA-UNILU)
- West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
State of implementation/results
- The project was presented at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy-Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES-9 Stakeholder day, on 2 July 2022.
- On 1 and 2 June 2022, the project was presented at the 9th German national IPBES forum in Bonn.
- A side-event on "Managing Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces in the Context of Land, Life, and Climate Change Legacy: Examples from Africa" was co-organised at the Africa Pavilion of the African Development Bank during the UNCCD COP15 on 13 May 2022.
- The first call for admission to the M.Sc. Programme on Science-Policy Interfaces on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services was launched in May 2022. More than 500 applications were received, and 23 students have been selected with a scheduled course start date in October 2022.
- Launch of different social media platforms of the project.
- On October 21st, 2022, CABES launched its Master's program in Côte d'Ivoire on "Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Climate Change - SPIBES" as an integral part of the commitment of CABES to strengthen the capacity of African experts, and by so doing reinforce their contribution to IPBES. In the program, early career scientists from 23 different countries across West, Central, and East Africa are being trained and will graduate in 2024.
- CABES organised its first regional workshop between October 25 - 27, 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire “Co-developing strategies for sustainability in Africa: Utilising products of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)”. There were 130 participants from 40 countries in attendance. The main highlight of the event was plenaries sessions on the Newly launched IPBES Assessment reports on the Sustainable use of wild species (see ipbes.net/…) and methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, Values Assessment for short (see ipbes.net/…).
- CABES co-organised a side event at the UN CBD Conference of parties (COP-) in Montreal, Canada, together with the UN CBD Women and other institutions on: “Ingredients to operationalise the post-2020 gender plan of action.” CABES presented on: “Capacity Development as an ingredient for operationalising the Gender Action Plans (GAPs): the case of the CABES initiative”, on December 9th, 2022.
- CABES presented on: “Capacity Development as an instrument to accelerate the uptake of scientific-evidences (IPBES products) into domestic policies: the case of WABES/CABES”, at a side event of the Fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the Eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (Science-Policy Forum) at the UN CBD COP 15 (part II) on December 11th, 2022.
- CABES with the support of the IPBES Technical Support Unit for Capacity Building, organised a Virtual Workshop with Central, East & West African Experts on Engaging in IPBES Processes – the case of the First external review of the draft of the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (Nexus Assessment) on February 15th, 2023.
- CABES with the support of the IPBES Technical Support Unit for Capacity Building, organised a Virtual Workshop with Central, East & West African Experts on Engaging in IPBES Processes - the case of the First external review of the draft of the transformative change assessment on the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity on March 13th, 2023.
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