Within the scope outlined in the generic scoping report for the regional and subregional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (decision IPBES-3/1, annex III), the African assessment will focus on thematic priorities, including the food-energy-water-livelihood nexus; land degradation, including climate-related risks such as desertification and silting; catchment to coast; biodiversity conservation and sustainable use; and invasive alien species. The assessment will also include the following cross-cutting themes to be addressed, as appropriate, as part of the thematic priorities listed above: trade agreements and foreign investment; and environmental health and zoonotic diseases.

The assessment includes countries and territories in five subregions


Countries and territories

East Africa and adjacent islands

Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte,a Reunion,a Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania

Southern Africa

Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Central Africa

Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe

North Africa

Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Saharab

West Africa

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea‑Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

a. Overseas territory.

b. Territory under negotiation between the parties concerned, as recognized by the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations in their relevant resolutions.

Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa


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Editors: Emma Archer, Luthando E. Dziba, Kulemani Jo Mulongoy, Malebajoa Anicia Maoela, Michele Walters

Members of the management committee who provided guidance for the production of this assessment: Sebsebe Demissew and Jean-Bruno Mikissa (Multidisciplinary Expert Panel); Fundisile G. Mketeni and Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Bureau).

Suggested citation: IPBES (2018): The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa. Archer, E. Dziba, L., Mulongoy, K. J., Maoela, M. A., and Walters, M. (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 492 pages. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3236178