Bienvenue chez WABES

WABES est une initiative visant à faciliter le réseautage et le renforcement des capacités en Afrique de l’Ouest pour soutenir le programme de travail de la Plate-forme intergouvernementale sur la biodiversité et les services écosystémiques (IPBES), et en particulier les évaluations.

L’objectif primordial est de relier les experts du Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (BES) des universités de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, des instituts de recherche et des interfaces science-politique existantes. Les ateliers organisés annuellement serviront de plateformes d’échange et de centres de distribution pour les développements IPBES, complétés par des groupes de discussion pour relier les experts et les décideurs politiques en Afrique de l’Ouest et au-delà.

En complément, un programme de Master of Science (MSc) sur les évaluations du BES est en cours à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, en s’adressant aux participants des 15 pays de la CEDEAO d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Dans l’ensemble, le cadre doit servir de pionnier au renforcement du groupe d’experts sous-régionaux pour soutenir et diffuser les évaluations dans le cadre de l’IPBES.

WABES est financé par l’International Climate Initiative (IKI) du Ministère fédéral allemand de l’environnement, de la conservation de la nature, et de la sûreté nucléaire (BMU).

 

Project Members

Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister
The Managing Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany

The experience of the Center for Development Research in interdisciplinary research on development-related issues as well as ZEF’s experience in establishing graduate programs and managing international project consortia will help WABES to be efficient and effective in supporting the West African contribution to IPBES by supporting young professionals and connecting senior experts.

Dr. Isimemen Osemwegie
Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany - Associate Programme Officer, WABES

IPBES (stakeholder, member, The Open-ended Network (O-NET)

WABES is an initiative that brings together Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Experts and Policymakers in West Africa with an aim to increase their contributions to IPBES and catalyse biodiversity conservation,  and I just love to be a part of it.

Dr. Jennifer Hauck
CEO, CoKnow Consulting - Consultant, WABES

IPBES (Member of Expert Group, Coordinating lead author (CLA) and Reviewer)

WABES is a fantastic team and working in this innovative project and with the SPIBES Master students is a great joy. I hope to contribute to the project by supporting the exchange between WABES and IPBES with using my extended involvement in divers IPBES processes and activities.

Dr. Jan Henning Sommer
Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany - Programme Officer, WABES

Member of the IPBES capacity building task group and the Open-ended Stakeholder Network (O-NET)

WABES connects people who are passionate change makers engaging for a better implementation of the IPBES work programme in West Africa and beyond. Nature’s contributions to people need to be considered not only in environmental policies, but should be valued as indispensable pre-requisite for sustainable development across all political sectors. Science policy interfaces are crucial to translate scientific findings into implementable policy options.

Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany - Conceptualization and project advisor, WABES

Participant in multiple IPBES Plenaries and national IPBES Meetings

IPBES is one of the most important initiatives to support evidence-based decision making for biodiversity and ecosystem services but countries from many parts of the world, especially sub-Sahara Africa have been left out because political and economic circumstances have not allowed experts to get involved as much as they should have. WABES is a project designed to change this situation for the better I am very happy to be a team member of WABES, which will be a success story with the support and enthusiasm of our  local partners.

Dr. KOUADIO Kouakou
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Physics, University Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Assistant coordinator, WABES Graduate program (SPIBES), Cote d’Ivoire

WABES is a project that promotes networking and capacity-building across West Africa to support the Work Programme of IPBES. Its MSc program (SPIBES) is a pioneer for strengthening the sub-regional inter- and transdisciplinary capacity of students to engage in science-policy interfaces at different scales (international, regional, sub-regional and nationalrelated to the implementation of policies for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) and sustainable development pathways. As a climate scientist, I am interested in the implication of Climate change in biodiversity loss.

Dr. Da Sylvestre Sié
Scientist, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Co-ordinator, WABES Experts Network

Participant in IPBES plenaries and Capacity Building forum, and member of Open-ended Network (O-NET)

Bringing biodiversity and ecosystems services considerations into decision making is a crucial step towards improving interaction of human with nature. This is what IPBES stands for. I am excited to be part of WABES initiative which aims at improving the contribution of West Africa to the success of the platform.