The mandate for the work on capacity-building under IPBES has been determined by the IPBES Plenary and are spelled out in these three texts, all of which are available below:

  • Deliverables 1(a) and 1(b) of the Platform;
  • Terms of Reference for the IPBES task force on capacity-building; and
  • Priority capacity-building needs approved by the Plenary at its third session.

In response to requests from the Plenary, the task force has developed the IPBES Capacity-building Rolling Plan, which further prioritises the identified capacity-building needs and sets out the approach for the work on capacity-building.

Deliverable 1(a): Priority capacity-building-needs to implement the Platform’s work programme matched with resources through catalysing financial and in-kind support

IPBES has been mandated to identify and prioritize capacity-building needs linked to achieving the IPBES work programme, and to help identifying resources for meeting those needs by means of a forum convening conventional and potential sources of funding and a web based matchmaking facility.

Recognising the significance of capacity-building as a cross-cutting issue relevant to all of its activities, IPBES established a task force on capacity-building and agreed on terms of reference guiding its operations implementing this deliverable.

Deliverable 1(b): Capacities needed to implement the Platform’s work programme developed

IPBES has been mandated to integrate capacity building into all relevant aspects of the its work and to undertake capacity‑building activities that address the priority needs identified to implement the Platform’s work programme.

Activities are to include technical assistance, training workshops, fellowship and exchange programmes and support for the evolution of national, subregional and regional science-policy networks, platforms and centres of excellence, including where appropriate consideration of indigenous knowledge systems. These activities would constitute an integrated part of the processes for delivering the assessments, data management and policy support tools set out in other deliverables of the work programme.

Also this deliverable is implemented through the task force on capacity building which is to be supported through and build on a geographically widespread network of institutions and initiatives.

Terms of reference for the task force on capacity-building

A. Purpose

  1. The purpose of the task force on capacity-building is to support the achievement of deliverables 1 (a) and 1 (b) of the work programme, under which priority capacity-building needs to implement the Platform’s work programme are matched with resources through catalysing financial and in-kind support and capacities needed to implement the work programme are developed.

B. Responsibilities of the task force

  1. The responsibilities of the task force are as follows:

To develop modalities for identifying, monitoring and evaluating capacity-building needs relating to the Platform’s mandate and programme of work, and promote their implementation in a consistent and comparative manner;

To propose a process for systematic national self-assessment of capacity needs in the context of the Platform, when requested by Governments, working with the secretariat to implement such a process if and when agreed;

To provide a draft list of priority capacity-building needs and an indication of associated financing gaps and available sources of funding;

To periodically analyse the extent to which priority capacity-building needs identified by the Platform have been addressed and the role that the Platform has played in that process and to identify gaps and recommend ways in which such gaps could be addressed;

To support the organization of the forum with conventional and potential sources of funding, in giving advice on the agenda and format of the meeting, participation, and how identified capacity-building needs and opportunities should be presented;

To advise on the implementation of a “matchmaking” facility to help to match available technical and financial resources with priority capacity-building needs, seeking and taking advice from the forum as appropriate;

To propose means that could be developed for effectively integrating identified capacity-building needs into the policies and programmes of development assistance processes, seeking advice from the forum as appropriate;

To develop a proposal for fellowship exchange and training programmes;

To support the building of the institutional capacity needed to implement the work programme, particularly with respect to regional and subregional assessments;

To assist in addressing the prioritized capacity-building needs agreed by the Plenary, drawing on resources made available through the Platform’s trust fund or provided through additional financial and in-kind support;

To liaise as necessary with the task force on knowledge and data and the task force on indigenous and local knowledge so as to ensure that capacity-building related to those issues is addressed in a consistent manner.

C. Membership of the task force

  1. The task force will comprise two Bureau members and three members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, between them covering the five United Nations regions, and up to 20 additional experts on capacity-building, selected according to the rules of procedure.

D. Modus operandi

  1. The task force will be chaired by members of the Bureau and will consist of experts on capacity-building selected in accordance with the rules of procedure. The task force will work through face-to-face meetings, web-based meetings and other electronic interaction. Products of the task force will be reviewed by the Bureau in consultation with the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and forwarded to the Plenary for consideration. The task force will facilitate collaboration with existing initiatives.

  2. In carrying out its work, the task force will also:

Ensure that all its activities draw effectively on existing experience, complementing and building upon existing initiatives;

Advise on strategic partnerships that could help to deliver improved capacity-building and facilitate other activities that have the same effect;

Encourage the direct involvement of its members, as well as that of other relevant organizations, in capacity-building activities that address priority needs agreed upon by the Plenary.

IPBES Priority capacity-building needs

Capacity need categories

Needs identified by Governments and other stakeholders

Potential source of support

Trust fund

Matchmaking facility

Notes

  1. Enhance the capacity to participate effectively in implementing the Platform work programme
  1. Develop the capacity for effective participation in the Platform regional and global assessments

x

x

Priority for the Platform trust fund, largely delivered through the fellowship, exchange and training programme

Supplemented through the Platform matchmaking facility

  1. Develop the capacity for effective participation in the Platform thematic assessments

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity for effective participation in the Platform methodological assessments and for the development of policy support tools and methodologies

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity for monitoring national and regional participation in the implementation of the Platform work programme, and responding to deficiencies identified

x

 

  1. Develop the capacity to carry out and use national and regional assessments
  1. Develop the capacity to carry out assessments, including on different initiatives, methodologies and approaches

x

x

Priority for the Platform matchmaking facility

  1. Develop the capacity among policymakers and practitioners for the use of assessment findings in policy development and decision-making

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to develop and use non-market-based methods of valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to assess specific priority habitats and ecosystems, including ecosystems that cross ecological and political boundaries

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to develop and effectively use indicators in assessments

 

x

  1. Develop the capacity to value and assess management options and effectiveness

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to retrieve and use all relevant data, information and knowledge

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to introduce different worldviews and indigenous and local knowledge systems into the different assessments

 

x

 

  1. Develop the capacity to locate and mobilize financial and technical resources
  1. Develop the institutional capacity to locate and mobilize financial and technical resources

x

x

Pilot project(s) through the Platform matchmaking facility

  1. Develop the capacity for clearly communicating capacity-building needs to potential providers of financial and technical support

 

x

  1. Develop the capacity to identify current investments as well as the gap between identified needs and available resources for the effective strengthening of the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services

 

x

  1. Develop the capacity to mobilize the institutional and technical resources to manage data and knowledge for the effective monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem services

(x)

 

 
  1. Improve the capacity for access to data, information and knowledge (including the experience of others)
  1. Develop the capacity for improved access to data, information and knowledge, including its capture, generation, management and use (including indigenous and local knowledge and knowledge from participatory science, social networks and large volumes of data)

(x)

x

Pilot project(s) through the Platform matchmaking facility

  1. Develop the capacity to gain access to data, information and knowledge managed by internationally active organizations and publishers

 

x

  1. Develop the capacity for enhancing collaboration among research institutions and policymakers at the national and regional levels, in particular for encouraging multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity for the conversion of scientific and social assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services into a format easily understood by policymakers

x

x

  1. Develop the effective capacity to promote an interscientific dialogue between different world views, modern science and indigenous and local knowledge systems, including by facilitating the effective engagement of indigenous and local communities, scientists and policymakers

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to gain access to and use technologies and networks that support biodiversity taxonomy, monitoring and research

 

x

  1. Develop the capacity for enhanced and meaningful
    multi-stakeholder engagement
  1. Develop the capacity for effective engagement of stakeholders in assessment and other related activities at the national level, including for understanding who the stakeholders are and how they should be engaged

 

x

Pilot project(s) through the Platform matchmaking facility

  1. Develop the capacity for effective communication of why biodiversity and ecosystem services are important and why their many values should be used in decision-making

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to effectively use the Platform’s deliverables in implementing national obligations under biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements

x

x

  1. Develop the capacity to strengthen different networks of actors, including those of indigenous and local peoples, for strengthening the sharing of information among different knowledge systems

 

x