The Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries (CEPDEC) is a GBIF initiative helping developing countries to integrate the use of biodiversity data in education, science and decision-making at all levels.
As a complement to the GBIF capacity enhancement support programme, CEPDEC acts as an umbrella for proejcts conducted in individual countries or groups of countries. CEPDEC builds upon the efforts of multiple partners, supporting moves towards a sustainable future. The programme also fosters communication among scientists, policy makers and wider society by improving their access, management, sharing and use of biodiversity knowledge.
Countries involved in CEPDEC will be better positioned to meet national obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and to respond to other challenges like poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and other objectives covered by the UN Millennium Development Goals and future sustainable development targets.
CEPDEC gathers partners among:
- Governments in developing countries, that can mobilize national and international support, establish a GBIF node, implement a national biodiversity information network, and encourage their scientists to interact with international peers.
- Governments of industrialized countries that can contribute to CEPDEC in a range of ways, including supporting projects that lead to the repatriation of data to developing countries, transferring technologies and sharing scientific expertise.
- Development agencies and other donors that can, through CEPDEC, help developing countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly where biodiversity plays a key role in the livelihoods and well-being of local communities.
- The scientific community, by exploring innovative areas for research based on data sharing, finding new areas of application, mentoring scientists and students in developing countries, sharing know-how and best practices, and delivering benefits to other sectors of society.
Please contact the GBIF Secretariat if you want to explore the possibility of participating in a CEPDEC project.