Organization of training workshops and information sessions with some priority to train the trainers (including teachers and university Professors), as well as those who can inform (such as journalists) and motivate (e.g. religious leaders) others, and facilitation of internships. The effectiveness and successes of training workshops have been demonstrated inter alia through the regional and sub-regional protected areas workshops that were organized in collaboration with international non-governmental organizations in the context of the programme of work on protected areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity (http://www.cbd.int/protected/meetings/). Teaching methodologies have been tested and refined through the many workshops. E-learning modules will constitute the basic materials for training. Part of training can be undertaken as distance training, using Skype or similar means whenever possible.
The interactive section of the website of the Institute (see below) will facilitate remote interactions with resource persons but training workshops will provide the best opportunities for the persons being trained to interact with resource-persons and possibly participate in field visits.
The Institute will focus its activities on the development and coordination of the capacity of regional organizations so that they can participate in the work of the Institute. Regional organizations that will be approached include, but are not limited to the following (i) for Africa: SADC, IGAD, CEMA, Arab Maghreb Union, ECOWAS; PRCM, COMIFAC, for Latin America and Caribbean: ACTO, CARICOM, Andean communities, for Asia and Pacific: SPREP, SARC, ASEAN, for Central and Eastern Europe. Empowerment of regional organizations implies their becoming nodes for (i) regional capacity-building services, (ii) regional clearing house mechanisms, (iii) regional communication and public awareness strategies, and (iv) regional finance mobilization. One of the training modules will include guidance on how to organise training and mobilize the needed resources at the national and regional level. The module will include project proposals templates and samples based on successful proposals. The module will be designed in consultation with funding agencies and the LifeWeb Secretariat of the CBD.
The additional focus of the Institute will be to identify places where novel ideas will have been tested successfully (using for example the findings of the Equator Initiative) and facilitate and accompany the trainers under training go through some kind of internship by immersion in those communities where novel ideas were tested and applied successfully.
Information sessions on selected themes with specific groups such as journalists, religious leaders, educators and parliamentarians will be organized as a Chriser of priority because these groups have a clear impact on many in the societies.
Exchange of needed information and expertise through the establishment of an interactive website relying on networks of experts: A dedicated interactive web space will be created on the Institute’s website for the networks. It will serve as a platform for communicating, exchanging and sharing or submitting questions or project proposals for comments. While part of the website will be open to all, the interactive part will be reserved to members and will require a username and password.
Provision of support for project development and resource mobilization: As part of the training, the Institute will propose models and/or practical guidelines for project development and resource mobilization targeting in particular GEF funds and funds made available within the climate change convention e.g. for adaptation and REDD+. Projects relating to children and the youth will be considered in the context of support from UNICEF and UNESCO. This training will form an optional or compulsory module of any capacity building programme that the Institute will deliver.
Quite often, training workshops stop at the meeting and once the meeting is over, participants are on their own and fail to apply their new skills, knowledge and partnerships to implement the activities for which they were trained. The Institute will encourage and, upon request (that it will encourage), provide support that will enable participants in the training or information projects/programmes to go the extra mile that will make a difference in the livelihoods. The Institute will seek grants for students who can support, through their MSc or PhD research, efforts in larger project development and implementation and who will become the leaders/coordinators of future capacity building activities.
Provision of support for monitoring progress and reporting: This will be another optional or compulsory module of any capacity building programme that the Institute will deliver;
Consultancies on all aspects relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services: The President of the Institute had the longest association with the CBD Secretariat. He developed or led the development, within the Convention on Biological Diversity, of the strategic plans and work on targets and indicators for monitoring progress; all the thematic programmes of work (agricultural, marine and coastal, forest, inland water, mountain, dry and sub-humid land and island biodiversity), and work on cross-cutting issues (protected areas, monitoring and indicators, ecosystem approach principles and practical guidelines, sustainable use principles and guidelines, invasive alien species, environmental impact assessment and strategic environment assessment). He initiated work that led to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the sharing of benefits from their utilization. He was involved in synergy work linking CBD with UNCCD and UNFCCC, with other biodiversity-related conventions and with business organizations. He was at the forefront of many initiatives such as the Satoyama Initiative, the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. He will therefore lead networks of renowned experts in various fields of relevance to carry out consultancy tasks that will stand scrutiny (because they will undergo careful peer-review so as to ensure high quality o the final products) and will be delivered in a timely manner.
Translations of tools in major UN languages (English, French and Spanish) to contribute to their wider dissemination in the developing world: Members of the network, including the core staff, have the ability to work in the 3 main UN languages. They have translated articles and books in French and English. Among its members, the Institute has a network of experienced interpreters and editors.