Capacity enhancement for developing countries

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. 


Who can participate?

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.

Previous CEPDEC projects

CEPDEC TANZANIA: Thanks to a generous grant from the Department for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania became the first country to test and develop the CEPDEC approach. This three-year pilot project, between 2007 and 2009, helped Tanzania to establish the Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility (TanBIF), the country's GBIF Participant node. For more information, contact the TanBIF node manager, Hulda Gideon.

SEP-CEPDEC: In 2006, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the GBIF Secretariat started a three-year cooperation between Sud Expert Plantes (SEP) and CEPDEC. SEP is an initiative to support the efforts of 22 Francophone countries in West and Central Africa, the Indian Ocean and South East Asia to know about, preserve and sustainably use their plants and associated genetic resources. With support from GBIF France as mentor node, this collaboration helped plan, support and develop national biodiversity information networks in SEP countries already established as GBIF Participants, and promoted engagement in GBIF among the other countries, through training activities, materials and guides prepared or adapted by GBIF France for Francophone audiences. For more information, please contact the GBIF Secretariat.