IPBES is a young science-policy interface platform, for which only a few courses and training measures exist to prepare interested experts for participation in working groups and/or participation in IPBES plenary sessions. This applies to structural issues (e.g., the role of the IPBES bodies, coordination processes, rules and procedures as well as the possibilities of national interventions) as well as content related issues (thematic and methodological assessments, integration of indigenous and local knowledge, etc.).

Trainings and capacity building for the participation in IPBES currently exist almost exclusively for industrialized countries and to a small extent through the IPBES’s own Fellowship program open to the international community. Initiatives targeting exclusively experts from the UN-region Africa, especially West-/Sub-Saharan Africa, corresponding offers are so far completely missing.