WABES is a consortium of West African and German partner institutions:

ZEF is an international and interdisciplinary research institute of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn active in research, capacity building, policy dialog and public awareness as well as international networking. ZEF's research aims at finding solutions to development-related issues by working on crosscutting themes of central importance for the developing world.

WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackling this challenge and enhancing the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

The CRNI (Doctoral school on Climate, Natural Resources and Innovations) of Félix Houphouët-Boigny University includes different doctoral levels. Its primary objective is the training of future researchers and engineers capable of coping with major environmental challenges in Africa and proposing tools and methods to enhance the value of natural resources in the context of climate change.

UNEP-WCMC (UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre) is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

UFZ (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH) conducts research to support a sustainable use of our natural resources to benefit both mankind and the environment. The UFZ is one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It is experienced in IPBES-related capacity building, both on national (German), pan-European and international (Africa) level.

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