Project title An Ecosystem Based Approach for Sustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Biodiversity (ENGAGE)
Implementing Institutions The United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH),
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Some Partners Includes
Global : TNC,  Ramsar, Global Mangrove Watch, Wetlands International, SWS, IUCN

Regional and Local  Experts and Organisations/ Universities/ Experts 

Country(ies) Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, South Korea and Western  Indian Ocean Countries,   Latin American and Caribbean countries
Abstract The key objective is to initiate a multi-level capacity development program: Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Sustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Biodiversity (ENGAGE). One host organisation will be selected from four UN regions: Asia, Africa, Americas and Oceania to initiate a twin-framework approach [training course-workshop] to increase capacity on  ecological services based assessments & economic importance and cultural significance of related biodiversity [Regional Series The national series will follow as needs and gaps are outlined at regional level.
Project Description UNU-INWEH has  long term experience with research and technical capacity development for Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (specifically, Mangrove Ecosystems) – refer to our International  Course On Mangrove Ecosystems in operation for past 15 years:[http://inweh.unu.edu/mangroves-course/]. In addition we have experience in the West Indian Ocean Region where we conducted an International Training Course to develop capacity foe regional stakeholders to understand of data-information, knowledge and capacity needs and gaps for  ecosystem based approach to coastal zone management .UNU-INWEH is also taking a lead role in developing online-platforms for knowledge and learning on Mangrove ecosystems in partnership with TNC (The Nature Conservancy) take note of our- Open Access Post-Graduate Course On Mangrove Ecosystems:(https://www.conservationtraining.org/mod/page/view.php?id=5071)

Taking note of the above we believe we have strong expertise in developing capacity to undertake initiatives that could feed to improve assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services;

contribute to improve the capacity for access to data, information and knowledge ( by promoting regional exchange through community of practice) and use the dialogue workshops embedded in the twin-framework to  develop the ability of varied stakeholder’s  for  meaningful engagement an uptake of  IPBES  related policy support tools 

Project Objectives and expected Achievables Establishments of a regional level community of practice on ecosystem based understanding for managing coastal ecosystems, including payments for ecosystems services ( first two years)

Technical and Scientific Capacity building on aspects viz., Decision support tools, Geo spatial planning, Biodiversity conservation, community based management and ecosystem based adaptation, hydro-climatic dynamics and its impact on coastal systems  ( ongoing at all times)

Stakeholders Dialogue on Needs and Gaps wrt to Data, Information and knowledge for assessments, best practice in the context of Ecosystem Based Adaptation, Sustainable Management and Coastal Ecosystems  ( third and fourth year)
 

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