CEBioS is a centre of excellence for capacity building and development in partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation. The programme promotes research, training, mainstreaming, dissemination of information, awareness raising, and policy advice on the conservation and sustainable use and management of biodiversity and more specifically ecosystem services. This is organised through calls for proposals for short grants, workshops, trainings, dedicated projects, campaigns and publications.
Some activities are undertaken under the umbrella of the UN Rio Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), such as capacity building on the Clearing House Mechanism (web-based information dissemination network) and taxonomic trainings in the context of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI).
The CEBioS programme is involved in institutional strengthening with selected partners in nature conservation, such as l'Office Burundais pour la Protection de l'Environnement (OBPE) in Burundi, l'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) in D.R. Congo, l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC) in Benin, as well as marine modelling in Peru and Vietnam. See here for more information.
Most activities of the programme are funded by Directorate General Development (DGD), as part of the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the Belgian and European biodiversity strategies.
CEBioS reports to RBINS and DGD and is monitored by the steering committee (RBINS, DGD, BELSPO) and the strategic committee (RBINS, DGD, BELSPO, RMCA, ministerial cabinets).