Welcome to WABES

WABES is an initiative to facilitate networking and capacity-building across West Africa to support the Work Programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and in particular the assessments.

The overarching goal is to connect Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (BES) experts from West African universities, research institutions, and existing science-policy interfaces. Annually conducted workshops will act as exchange platforms and as distribution hubs for IPBES developments, supplemented by discussion groups to connect experts and policy makers across West Africa and beyond.

Complementarily, a Master of Science (MSc) program on BES assessments is being established in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, addressing participants from all 15 West African ECOWAS countries. Altogether, the framework shall act as pioneer for strengthening the sub-regional expert pool to support and disseminate assessments within the scope of IPBES.

WABES is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).