The Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGAN) is a community of practice, creating a common platform for ecosystem assessment practitioners at sub-global scales (regional, sub-regional, national, sub-national) with the intention to build capacity through:
- Training opportunities relating to tools, approaches and assessment processes
- Capturing, synthesising and disseminating examples of best practices and lessons learnt
- Developing e-learning tools
- Encouraging and supporting exchanges between and amongst SGAs to share experiences
- Supporting national level ecosystem assessments
- Helping to build links with the scientific community
The SGAN through its capacity building activities aims to support the activities of relevant global process such as the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
History and Governance
SGAN seeks opportunities to collaborate with initiatives working in the field of ecosystem service assessments and decision-making, such as Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).
The SGAN Secretariat is has been hosted by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge since 2011. The Network also has an Advisory Committee who provides oversight and guidance into the work programme of the Network.