CABES - Capacity Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Experts in West, Central & East Africa


Capacity development, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


Overall: 38+ countries (West, East and Central Africa). Core countries (8): Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gabon, Madagascar, Sierra Leone


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, Goal one is to inform national decision-making processes amongst multiple stakeholder groups including researchers, practitioners from the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs, indigenous & local knowledge (ILK) holders, women, and IPBES national focal points. Goal two is to establish a network of science-policy platforms to contribute to the implementation of the IPBES work programmes at national, sub-regional and regional level. Goal three is 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/NCP).


CABES will develop and strengthen capacity in West, Central, and East Africa to engage in IPBES through different capacity building initiatives and setting up of science-policy platforms across geographic scales, including: (i) A capacity development programme and platform targeted at professionals; (ii) Education & capacity development programme through university course works targeting early-career professional; (iii) the establishment and/or strengthening of National platforms on biodiversity & Ecosystem Services that brings together national experts to identify and address policy gaps; and (iv) A “network of platforms” that connects science-policy platforms at sub-regional, regional scale and beyond to mainstream contributions to the IPBES work programme and its uptake, as well as to foster knowledge exchanges & south-south collaboration.

Main Cooperation Partners

  • CoKnow Consulting, Germany
  • UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), United Kingdom,
  • West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change & Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Burkina Faso.
  • African Center of Excellence on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CEA-CCBAD), Université Félix Houphouët Boigny (UFHB), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoAREC), Ethiopia
  • Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the Université de Lubumbashi (FSA-UNILU), Democratic Republic of Congo
Main Funding Partners

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

Duration of the Project

15.02.2022 – 31.01.2030

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Jan Henning Sommer

Dr. Jan Henning Sommer


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