Since 2008 there have been repeated calls from developing countries for a commitment of resources to ensure that the emerging Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a strong focus on capacity building.
Now established, IPBES resolves to prioritize key capacity‐building needs, provide and call for financial and other support for the highest‐priority needs related directly to the Platform’s activities and establish a forum to catalyse financing for such capacity building activities.
In parallel a proposal by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP‐WCMC) and the Norwegian Government, for developing a capacity building network which responds to needs of developing countries. The intention is that this network would build capacity in the science‐policy interface in support of the delivery of the IPBES work programme and the implementation of the three Rio Conventions and other multilateral agreements relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The aim of this event is to present the proposed capacity building network in order to generate discussion, and as a basis for seeking support from other potential partners in establishing such a network under IPBES.