IPBES capacity building

Background and project goals

In order to make IPBES a really global knowledge platform as many countries as possible should become member states which provide knowledge and data for individual assessments, nominate scientists for assessment and review processes and involve civil society organizations into IPBES processes. Assessments so far showed that participation differs a lot between regions and that a higher quality could be achieved if more countries, scientists and organizations would participate, especially from regions which are underrepresented so far. One of the regions nor so much involved in IPBES yet is South-East-Europe and Central-Asia. Main goal of the project is to enhance the capacity of governments, scientists and organizations in the target region South-East-Europe, Eastern Europe and Central-Asia.to participate well informed in IPBES processes. These target groups are explicitly mentioned in the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy of IPBES.

Steps and implementation

In is planned to hold three international capacity building workshops in the region which help participants and their institutions to enhance the capacity to participate in IPBES processes like assessments, review processes and IPBES plenary meetings. The workshops are planned to cover three days each and should cover the following aspects:

  • basic information about IPBES and its structures (e.g. Bureau, MEP, task forces, authors teams)
  • options for participation for all types of stakeholders
  • the IPBES work programme and the status of implementation
  • IPBES products • consultation processes which are under way
  • assessments which need input from the region

For these workshops, planned for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 capacity building material will be provided, including presentations and printed versions. Materials will be developed in English and then translated into Russian to be useful throughout the region.