Thematic Trust Fund - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) phase II
As of: September 2021
The BES Net (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network) is a ‘network of networks’ that promotes dialogue and cooperation between science, policy and practice for the effective management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. During its second phase, the project supports evidence-based policy making, strategic planning and the implementation of transformative solutions in a total of 18 countries. It also enhances the BES network by supporting the identification and assessment of ecosystems in ‘National Ecosystem Assessments’ (NEAs) in four new countries and by facilitating triangular discussions between science, policy and practice in around 40 countries. Among other positive aspects, the activities and results of the project also contribute to the implementation of the work programme of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) in the partner countries. The BES Net online platform provides information about experiences and successes.
State of implementation/results
- Following the official signing of the project agreement at the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a renewed BES-Net consortium was formally established between UNDP, UNEP-WCMC and UNESCO.
- Support has been provided to seven countries to develop multi-year workplans to implement agreed priority actions, in line with Regional Trialogue action plans and/or the national ecosystem assessment reports.
- A virtual kick-off meeting among the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) target countries took place in December 2020, followed by a virtual NEA inception workshop in early 2021.
- Status and progress of the BES-Net II activities are to be updated regularly on the project web portal at and the bimonthly e-newsletter (see links).