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Trust fund - Bridging science, policy and practice for biodiversity and ecosystems: BES-Net

As of: October 2021

Robust and reliable evidence on the state of biodiversity and trends of ecosystem services is the cornerstone of informed policymaking and planning. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provides a global mechanism to critically evaluate and synthesize the state of knowledge on biodiversity and its benefits to people’s lives, producing assessments on a range of themes. The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) promotes dialogue among scientists, policymakers and practitioners around the IPBES assessment themes and inspires joint action for more effective biodiversity and ecosystem services management. BES-Net strengthens the capacity of institutions in developing countries to apply latest IPBES tools and undertake ecosystem assessments at the national level. The project also provides organizations and individuals around the world with a platform to communicate and collaborate.

State of implementation/results

  • To contribute to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Capacity Building Rolling Plan, BES-Net has been applying the Trialogue methodology to facilitate dialogues among policymakers, scientists and practitioners around the IPBES assessment themes such as pollinators and land degradation. The methodology was successfully implemented in Eastern Europe (2017), Caribbean (2018), Anglophone Africa (2019) and Central Asia (2019), engaging 24 countries and leading to the endorsement of respective national Trialogue action plans for the IPBES assessment uptake. Progress by Trialogue participants and their partners in implementing priority actions is captured on the IPBES Impact Tracking Database (…) and highlighted in the BES-Net newsroom (…). BES-Net’s regional/national Trialogue works have been highlighted as successful examples to support the application of approved IPBES assessments at various fora.
  • The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has been coordinating capacity building support and knowledge sharing activities in four countries, i.e. Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, to carry out national ecosystem assessments (NEA). Colombia launched its assessment report and the summary for policymakers in June 2021. The other three NEA countries continue to make significant progress towards the official endorsement/launch of the full NEA technical reports and the summaries for policymakers (SPM) during the course of 2021. An online help desk and regular webinar sessions have been set up for the countries to exchange knowledge and provide peer-peer support.
  • The BES-Net team regularly interacts with 118 institutional partners and the consortium members participate in key IPBES Task Forces (e.g. Capacity building; knowledge and data) to ensure that the project’s experiences and lessons are adequately shared with other partners collaborating with IPBES and contributing to the platform’s work programme.
  • Since the launch in December 2016, the BES-Net web portal has served as a one-stop-shop for the global BES information about the latest job vacancies, events and news articles, and with an online library that hosts over 3,800 knowledge resources. BES-Net issues bi-monthly newsletters available on…
  • Building on the project achievements to date, the Second Phase of BES-Net was initiated in Jan 2020 with the financial support of IKI/BMU. BES-Net II (2020-28) aims to formalize the scientists-policymakers-practitioners partnership and strengthen synergy and complementarity in their BES-related decisions, actions and subsequent impacts in target countries. It will also upscale the successful approaches of BES-Net I, promoting NEAs in four new countries and continuously enhancing the uptake of IPBES assessments in some 40 countries through the Trialogic approach.

Project data

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Political partner(s):
  • Alexander von Humboldt Institute on Research for Biological Resources
  • Ethiopia Biodiversity Institute (EBI)
  • Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISIPONRE) - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDD) - Cameroon
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic

BMU grant:
4.500.000,00 €

01/2016  till  06/2022

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