Project title Center for Culture, Biological Biodiversity and Policy Interphase - University of Eldoret.
Implementing Institutions 1. UNIVERSITY OF ELDORET
2. INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NETWORK ON CULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (IUNCBD)
3. VICTORIA INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (VIRED) INTERNATIONAL
Country(ies) KENYA
Abstract CCBPI  provides leadership in alignment of curriculum, training, research and policy with needs of IPBES. A course targeting graduate students and practitioners is entrenched and offered in summer school. Development of courses for ILK and policy makers, and influence on basic education’s curricula is undertaken. Local and international networks are fostered, and capacity for research is enhanced. Communities are jointly engaged in product development, and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Information is disseminated through mass media, meetings, conferences and publications
Project Description The CCBPI is an initiative of University of Eldoret and IUNCBD linked to implementation of the CBD and complementary policy agenda of international agreements and organizations. CCBPI leverages on experience of its host, the regions premier School of Environmental Studies (est 1984), in capacity building for region’s institutions. The collaborators have jointly developed a summer school curriculum targeting graduate student, whose contents are aligned to the implementation of the IPBES strategies and Aichi targets; engage with VIRED and is currently involved with IPBES in Regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa. We plan to train practitioners, communities, and influence the ongoing national pre-university curricula review. We would wish enhance our research capacity on: biodiversity assessment, product development of biodiversity – based materials, identification of alternative means of livelihoods, and policy formulation and implementation. The project links with ILK; national and local policy formulating and implementing organs and various regional higher learning institutions;  and encourage exchange visits between collaborating institutions and ILKs. Information of CCBPI activities and outcomes will be disseminated through mass media, newsletters and briefs, and in a Website. International targets will be informed through peer reviewed publications and attendance of conferences. Additionally, pilot plots will be set up to demonstrate sustainability and optimization of biodiversity-based resources.
Project Objectives and expected Achievables Objective 1: Establishment and strengthening of the CCBPI center

Achievables:

i) Set up of the office (space, furniture etc)

Measurement of achievements: Existence of optimally furnished office within 6 months

ii) Engagement of staff

Measurement of achievements: number and level of staff of staff directly engaged in CCBPI

iii) Running of the office

Measurement of achievements: The quantity of resources (finances and materials) used to support CCBPI; Quarterly report from the offices; Project monitoring and evaluation reports every 6 months

Objective 2: Training

Achievables:

i) Development of summer school curriculum

Measurement of achievements: A senate approved curriculum within 3 months; the number regular university students trained; the number of practitioners trained

ii) Development of curriculum for ILK

Measurement of achievements: A university approved short course curriculum on the 9th month; the number of ILK members trained

iii) Development of curriculum for policy makers

Measurement of achievements: A university approved short course curriculum on the 12th month; the number of policy makers trained

iv) Contribution to basic level curriculum

Measurement of achievements: Meetings with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development within 6 months; Written contribution of CCBPI on the basic education curriculum

Objective 3: Research capacity

Achievables:

i) Equipping laboratory for biodiversity assessment

Measurement of achievements: Equipment acquired for use in biodiversity assessment within 15 months; number of research topics, reports and theses on biodiversity assessment

ii) Engagement graduate students in research

Measurement of achievements: Number of students enrolled and engaged in biodiversity - related research; reports and thesis produced from the research on biodiversity and culture. Graduation of first master students on the 24th month.

iii) Product development of biodiversity-derived material

Measurement of achievements: a list of possible diversity based products in the project area; Priority list of the biodiversity based products; the number and types of products processed jointly with the ILK groups. At least one product every 6 months.

Objective 4: Fostering networks

Achievables:

i) establish link with identified ILK GROUPS

Measurement of achievements: The number of ILK groups identified and engaged with; the numbers of members of ILK engaged; the number of persons impacted (including family members of the ILK group members. One new group of ILK within every 8 months

ii) establish link with identified national and regional organization concerned with biodiversity conservation

Measurement of achievements: the number of national government institutions engaged; the number of non governmental institutions engaged; the number of international institutions engaged; the number of county governments engaged. Establish linkages continuously

iii) Engage with policy formulators and implementers

Measurement of achievements:

the number of national government institutions engaged; the number of non governmental institutions engaged; the number of international institutions engaged; the number of county governments engaged. Continuous communication with the formulators.

Objective 5: Build capacity to conserve

Achievables:

i) use identified/existing pilot plots to demonstrate conservation

Measurement of achievements: the extent of success on the demonstration (descriptive); the number of community members involved. Do nursery for key species of trees within 4 months.

Objectives 6: Dissemination

Achievables:

i) Mass media

Measurement of achievements: the number of publications per year. After 6 months do a monthly submission to either a local daily and / radio and/or TV

ii) Newsletters and policy briefs.

Measurement of achievements: the number of publication per year and readership of the publication. This could be circulated via email and responses of readers solicited. Bimonthly newsletters supported by contributions from students, practitioners, and ILK

iii) Conferences and meetings

t Measurement of achievements: he number of conferences attended; the number of meetings held. One conference attendance per year

iv) Website

Measurement of achievements: the existence of the website; the number of visits to the websites. Do a website for the CCBPI within three months and update it at least once a fortnight.
 

Timeframe 3 years
Geographic Scale National
Seeking Resources for: Project development, Project implementation
Type of Resources/Support needed: Financial, Technical
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Project relevance: 
Projects and activities of interest to IPBES and partners