The Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network seeks to create a common platform for practitioners (individuals and organizations) involved in ecosystem assessment at regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national levels. The intention is to promote and facilitate improved capacity in undertaking and using assessments. Achievements of the SGA Network will support relevant global processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
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7th ESP conference: SGA Network pre-conference training session

The SGA Network Secretariat, in collaboration with BirdLife International, will be running a pre-conference training session at this year’s ESP conference in Costa Rica; the details of which are: ‘An introduction to TESSA: the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment. Presented by BirdLife International through an SGA Network and OPERAs training session’ @ the 7th ESP conference, Costa Rica, 6th – 7th September 2014. Read more

3rd SGA Network webinar - the Natural Capital Project approach to ecosystem service assessment

On June 11th 2014, the SGA Network Secretariat is partnering with the Natural Capital Project to present a webinar on the Natural Capital Project approach to ecosystem service assessment. Read more

2nd SGA Network webinar - Natural Capital Accounting

On May 6th 2014, the SGA Network Secretariat is partnering with Carl Obst, the editor of the UN System of Environmental – Economic Accounting and the lead on the drafting and preparation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), to present a webinar on Natural Capital Accounting. Read more

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SGA Network mentoring scheme

The SGA Network is implementing a mentoring scheme for early career scientists and researchers. This scheme will seek to facilitate the establishment of mentoring relationships between early-career scientists and researchers working in the field of ecosystem assessments/services, and established assessment practitioners, in order to promote capacity development for undertaking and using current or upcoming ecosystem assessments. Read more

SGA Network forum launch

The new SGA Network has launched it's very own 'Google group', intended to provide an online forum for Network members to share their work and exchange ideas, and indeed to ask questions and seek support from the broader Network.  Read more

First SGA Network webinar

On April 1st 2014, the SGA Network Secretariat, partnered by Jennifer Birch from BirdLife International, delivered an introduction and overview on the 'Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment' (TESSA) - a new ‘toolkit’ for measuring ecosystem services at the site scale which is accessible to non-experts and delivers scientifically robust results. Read more

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF - www.caff.is), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA - www.arcticbiodiversity.is ),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation. Read more

4th SGA Network Annual Meeting report

Over 80 participants attended the 4th Annual Meeting of the Sub-Global Assessment Network (Stellenbosch, South Africa from 26-29 Novemebr 2012). The meeting report is now available to download. Read more

IPBES Information Document

Hosted by UNEP, the second session of plenary on IPBES took place in Panama City (16-21 April). Members of the SGA Network have contributed to a information document on how the Sub-Global Assessment Network and the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services can be mutually supportive. Read: UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/INF/12 (126.69 kB) Read more

REPORT: Lessons learned from undertaking ecosystem assessments

Experiences of conducting ecosystem assessments from over 70 members of the Sub-Global Assessment Network have been compiled by the Secretariat. The report works through eight key lessons from defining clear, policy relevant questions to promoting the assessment concept Read:  Lessons learned from carrying out ecosystem assessments (969.42 kB) Read more