Country: Sierra Leone
Motivation: SPIBES provides an opportunity to improve my skills to help bridge the knowledge gap between science and policy. It serves as a platform for collective governance to improve sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services, which is important for West Africa. SPIBES has a unique approach of conceptualizing different disciplines to propose policy options for decision making. My goal is to acquire the scientific skills and understand the interface with policy in order to contribute and advocate for sound environmental policies related to BES management.