Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)
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
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. More >
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 Regional Trialogues
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 event was hosted by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism. 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 Action Document has been jointly produced based on these productive Trialogue sessions. It elaborates a set of concrete actions to be implemented in tandem by three sectoral communities at different levels to better address issues concerning pollinators, food production and rural development in the region. More >
The second regional Trialogue was organized on 4-6 September 2018 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Trialogue brought together BES-Net’s three target communities of science, policy and practice for face-to-face dialogue around the theme of Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience from seven IPBES Member States in the Caribbean region: Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
During the three-day journey, the Trialogue participants jointly reviewed the status of pollinators in the region; analyzed their importance to sustainable local food production and climate resilience; assessed ways to address the challenges of invasive pests and pathogens, land-use change and pesticide use; and identified response options on how to face these obstacles and maximize important co-benefits of sustainable management and protection of pollinators and their habitats.
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, as a new member of the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, hosted the event and expressed their commitment to lead and facilitate the national/regional efforts to promote pollinators in the Caribbean. More >
The third Anglophone Africa Regional Trialogue: Bright Spots for Land Degradation Neutrality, Pollinators and Food Security was held on 28-30 May 2019 in Nairobi in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Kenya. A mix of participants with diverse expertise and complementary knowledge were brought together from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. They jointly reviewed the key messages of the two inter-linked thematic assessment reports produced by IPBES on pollinators and land degradation and restoration, and assessed their relevance in the ongoing efforts to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and other land-related Sustainable Development Goals targets.
Furthermore, participants exchanged, showcased and celebrated “bright spots”, or good practice examples existing in the Anglophone African countries, with proven practices to enhance food production through pollinator-friendly approaches, while, at the same time, combatting land degradation in a scalable manner. More >