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Thematic Trust Fund – Capacity Development for IPBES via BES-Net and the Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network

As of: December 2020

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent, scientific intergovernmental body, which provides policymakers with objective and relyable assessments about the state of knowledge and development regarding biodiversity and related ecosystems services. This project builds on the German Government’s support to IPBES and responds to calls from developing countries for UNDP to play a role in capacity building for IPBES. The project's objective is to support developing countries to address science-policy questions by enhancing capacities at the national and regional levels. Through the UNDP managed BES-Net, scientists, policy-makers and practitioners are brought together to address pressing development questions, conduct thematic assessments at national and regional levels and apply the findings.

State of implementation/results

  • The participants of the Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience from policy, science and practice communities have undertaken a wide range of activities for conservation and sustainable use of pollinators at regional and national levels. For example, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promote pollinators.
  • Interactive online platforms were created for several Trialogue participating countries.
  • Saint Kitts Farmers’ Cooperative is now serving as a ‘champion for pollinators’ by disseminating their Trialogue learnings at different forums and encouraging the cooperative members to apply pollinators-friendly approaches to farm practices.
  • National Ecosystem Assessment works in Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam are moving forward.
  • BES-Net’s online works have been constantly expanding.

Project data

Cuba, Georgia, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Partner institution(s):
  • ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection - Georgia, National Commission for Research and Utilisation of Biodiversity (CONABIO) - Mexico, South African Development Community, South African National Biodiversity Institute

BMU grant:
4.500.000,00 €

01/2016  till  06/2021


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