Capacity enhancement

Sharing expertise, experience and technology around the GBIF community

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.

Acting as an umbrella for projects conducted in individual countries or groups of countries, CEPDEC builds upon the efforts of multiple partners, supporting moves towards a sustainable future. It also fosters communication among scientists, policy makers and wider society by enabling them to better access, manage, share and use biodiversity data.

Countries involved in CEPDEC will be better able to better meet national obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and respond to challenges such as poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and other objectives covered by the Millennium Development Goals and future sustainable development targets. 


Who can participate?

CEPDEC gathers partners among:

  • Governments in developing countries, who 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 who 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, offering a great opportunity to explore new avenues for research based on data sharing, find new areas of application, mentor scientists and students in developing countries, share know-how and best practices, and deliver 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 grant generously awarded by 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, please visit the TanBIF website or 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. This collaboration, supported by GBIF France as mentor node, assisted in the planning, support and development of national biodiversity information networks in SEP countries that are already 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.