Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)

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The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity building “network of networks” that promotes dialogue among science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human wellbeing and sustainable development. The Network is supported by face-to-face capacity building activities (the BES-Net Trialogues), a matchmaking facility, and a cutting-edge web portal – with all components mutually reinforcing.

BES-Net is hosted by the UNDP Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) and implemented through partnerships with the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Norwegian Environment Agency and SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Through BES-Net, UNDP contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). BES-Net facilitates and promotes dialogue on themes echoing the IPBES global assessments, and in key areas of UNDP’s work on biodiversity and ecosystems management. BES-Net also supports the IPBES Capacity Building Matchmaking Facility.

BES-Net harnesses UNDP’s capacity building expertise at the country level, capitalizes on the accumulated knowledge of best practices and challenges in the field, and brings practitioners into the science-policy arena.


What BES-Net Offers

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The global BES-Net capacity- sharing Network is supported by three main activities:

  • The BES-Net web portal “one-stop shop” for policy relevant information and learning material, guiding users through the existing sources of thematic information and methodological tools and providing access to learning material and policy briefs. It promotes dialogue around the same thematic areas in which IPBES assessments are being conducted, as well as in key areas of UNDP’s work on biodiversity and ecosystems management for development, and provide interactive features for the members of the network to interact and collaborate on specific policy questions. Full modules on land degradation and restoration, pollinators, pollination and food production, ecosystem-based adaptation, as well as biodiversity finance are available.
  • Matchmaking support: In due time, the BES-Net matchmaking facility will host: 1) a BES-Net managed Vacancies section providing information on jobs and internships available in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services-already available; and 2) other matchmaking elements, based on the needs of the BES-Net Network.
  • The BES-Net Trialogues are the opportunitines for multi-stakeholder dialogues focusing on specific policy questions at the national and regional levels. By facilitating fruitful discussions among the three BES-Net communities of policy, science and practice, the trialogues will contribute to addressing specific policy issues to help unlock shifts in the development trajectory of societies towards sustainability. The first round of BES-Net Trialogues, funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), will focus on specific science-policy questions of relevance to IPBES and will foster meaningful discussions leading to sound policy recommendations.


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

Following the release of the assessment report on pollinators, pollination and food production by IPBES, The BES-Net's first 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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