Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network seeks to create a common platform for practitioners (individuals and organizations) involved in ecosystem assessment at the sub-global levels (regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national) with the intention of:
1. Building capacity to undertake and use assessments and
2. Supporting relevant global processes such as the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES) and multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) frameworks/conventions through achievement of the objective listed above.

Implementation methodologies

Through the following objectives, the intention of building capacity to undertake and use assessments will be carried out:

- Offering opportunities for training in specific tools and approaches related to ecosystem assessments (e.g. training workshops on valuation, scenarios, mainstreaming etc.);

- Capturing, synthesizing and disseminating examples of best practices and lessons learnt in undertaking ecosystem assessments;

- Developing e-learning tools which are of interest to ecosystem assessment practitioners;

- Encouraging and supporting ongoing exchanges between and amongst SGAs, either through virtual or face-to-face means (e.g. sharing of expertise);

- Establishing and maintaining a website devoted to the SGA Network which will allow access to relevant materials and information;

- Linking SGAs to the scientific community and to relevant information and data sources which are useful for undertaking ecosystem assessment work.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) UK
The Cropper Foundation, Trinidad
Financial support provided from the European Commission (EC), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Training in specific tool and approaches
Disseminating examples of best practices
Developing e-learning tools
Establishing and maintaining a website devoted to the SGA Network
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Regional - there are currently 66 sub-global assessments from around the globe registered as part of the network.
Date of completion: 0000-01-01
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Claire Brown,

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