CABES – Capacity Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Experts aims to develop and strengthen the capacity of professionals in biodiversity-related fields in West, Central, and East Africa to engage in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, www.ipbes.net). CABES is supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

The goals of the CABES programme include:

Goal one

to inform national decision-making processes amongst multiple stakeholder groups including researchers, practitioners from the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) holders, women, and IPBES National Focal Points (NFPs) in target countries.

Goal two

to establish a network of science-policy platforms to contribute to the implementation of the IPBES rolling work programmes at national, sub-regional and regional level. Sub-regional refers to countries either in West, Central or East Africa, and the regional level represents the 38 countries.

Goal three

to train early career scientists, researchers and facilitators to manage science-policy interfaces (SPIs). Finally, CABES will develop capacities to support the implementation of political decisions for the management and sustainable use of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services/Nature’s Contributions to People (BES/NCPs).

Objectives of the CABES programme

The overall project objective is to raise awareness of IPBES (www.ipbes.net) amongst multiple stakeholder groups and undertake actions towards a better representation of West, Central, and East Africa in IPBES activities as well as improved uptake of IPBES products into national policies to better conserve and sustainably use BES/NCPs. This is closely related to the main outcome of the project, targeting at science-policy-practice communities represented by researchers, practitioners from the public, private sectors, as well as NGOs, ILK holders and focal points in West, Central, and East Africa that support the national governments to engage in the IPBES rolling work programme at global level, and its implementation at the regional and national level.  

In order to achieve this objective, CABES will:

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