Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)

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The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that promotes dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by aligning its activities with the IPBES global assessment themes and applying the related IPBES guidance documents.

In implementing its mandate, BES-Net follows an inclusive approach, collaborate with Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and draws on the support of other partner organizations.

The BES-Net initiative is implemented with financial support from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and the Norwegian Environment Agency. BES-Net activities are overseen and guided by the Advisory Committee, comprising the IPBES Secretariat, UN collaborative partner entities with IPBES, and donors.



What BES-Net Offers

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Face-to-face capacity building support through Trialogues:  Trialogues bring together BES-Net’s three target communities of science, policy and practice for face-to-face dialogue. Fostering mutual learning, inter-cultural understanding and inter-institutional coordination on specific policy-relevant questions at the national and regional levels, trialogues strengthen the interface between these communities, and enhance national capacity, to integrate scientific findings into policy, decision-making and on-the-ground practices.

National Ecosystem Assessments (NEA): BES-Net supports the development of capacity in selected countries to conduct NEAs, complementing the global assessment being undertaken by IPBES. Leveraging the expertise of the Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGAN), the NEA process encompasses not only the production of national assessment reports but also the development of a set of policy support tools to integrate assessment findings into decision-making. NEA work is currently ongoing in Cameroon, Colombia and Ethiopia and Vietnam and is coordinated by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Online Platform for networking: The BES-Net web portal provides a comprehensive knowledge resource library on biodiversity and ecosystems services, and a rich database of organizations and experts working on the IPBES thematic assessment areas. The latest news and updates from BES-Net and its network partners are circulated via social media channels and disseminated through bi-monthly e-newsletters.


BES-Net Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development

Following the release of IPBES’s Thematic Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, the First Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 18-20 October 2017 with special geographic focus on East Europe. The objective of the Trialogue was to reach a common agenda for action around pollinators and its importance for food security and rural development in Eastern Europe. 

The event was hosted by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism as the IPBES Focal Point, with support from the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe - Biodiversity (ORF-BD), which is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. More >


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