Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Building capacities for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation

About CEBioS

CEBioS ‘Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ – is a programme financed by the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) and housed at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), where it belongs to the Operational Directorate ‘Natural Environment’ and more specifically the BioPolS group (Belgian Biodiversity Policy Support Group).

CEBioS assists partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as other international agreements related to the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity.

CEBioS in Short

  • mutually strengthening own capacities and those of partners in developing countries

  • focus on the description, monitoring, conservation, sustainable use and management of biodiversity

  • dedicated workshops, calls for projects, short term scholarships, earmarked cooperation with institutional partners

  • promoting scientific research, knowledge dissemination, public awareness

  • understanding and influencing the science-policy interface to contribute to informed decision-making

Main activities

Working at the interface between science, practice and policy, CEBioS’ activities are centred around four axes

Where CEBioS operates

Map of the countries CEBioS has activities in

CEBioS is active in more than 15 countries

The programme primarily focuses on Benin, Burundi and the DR Congo, countries with which CEBioS has established institutional collaborations with local partners 

In other partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation, CEBioS  carries out or supports punctual activities and projects.   


Apply for a CEBioS grant

CEBioS regularly launches calls for proposals for short term grants, dedicated projects, trainings, workshops, policy support, public awareness, etc. aimed at promoting the description, monitoring, conservation, sustainable use and management of biodiversity in the partner countries.

Testimonials grantees

De façon générale, j’ai acquis durant mon stage de nouvelles compétences aussi bien théoriques que pratiques en techniques de barcoding moléculaire et de géométrie morphométrique.

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