National platforms/National multi-stakeholder science-policy-practice platforms
The CABES initiative will establish and enhance credible, relevant, legitimate and sustainable national multi-stakeholder science-policy-practice platforms on biodiversity and ecosystem services in eight African countries, including Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone (West Africa), Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Central Africa), and Ethiopia and Madagascar (East Africa). These national science-policy-practice platforms will:
The eight countries will be supported through training, financial resources, as well as mentoring and knowledge sharing opportunities with other national platforms in Central, East and West Africa. Sustainability plans will be developed once the national platforms are established to ensure that the platforms continue to perform their role in perpetuity. This will include the identification of additional funding sources, in particular, from cross-sectoral stakeholders participating and benefiting from the platforms.
The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has extensive expertise and experience in building capacity to establish national multi-stakeholder science-policy platforms and undertake national ecosystem assessments, and will lead this delivery of this work package