Trust fund – supporting the World Biodiversity Council through BES-Net
As of: September 2021
Policy makers need reliable information about ecosystem services and about the state and the trends of biodiversity. Only in this way can appropriate measures be taken to preserve them. The World Biodiversity Council (IPBES) makes this information available to political decision makers. The project supports the World Biodiversity Council and strengthens capacities in developing countries to help them deal with science and policy issues. To this end, politicians and users are brought together with scientists of the BES-Net, which is organised by UNDP. The stakeholders identify pressing issues and initiate and analyse national and regional studies. The results are then published to make them applicable in practice.
State of implementation/results
- To contribute to the IPBES Capacity Building Rolling Plan, BES-Net has been applying the Trialogue methodology to facilitate dialogues among policymakers, scientists and practitioners on IPBES assessment themes (e.g. Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production; Land Degradation and Restoration). The methodology was successfully implemented in Eastern Europe (2017), Caribbean (2018), Anglophone Africa (2019) and Central Asia (2019), engaging 24 countries and leading to endorsement of respective national Trialogue action plans. Progress by Trialogue participants and their partners in implementing priority actions is captured on the IPBES Impact Tracking Database (ipbes.net/…) and highlighted in the BES-Net newsroom (www.besnet.world/…).
- BES-Net’s regional/national Trialogue works have been highlighted as successful examples to support the use and uptake of approved IPBES assessment reports at various fora.
- The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has been coordinating the capacity building support in four countries (Cameroon, Columbia, Ethiopia and Vietnam), to carry out thorough national ecosystem assessments (NEA). To date, all four NEA target countries are making significant progresses in their respective assessment processes towards the official endorsement/launch of the full NEA technical reports and the summaries for policymakers. Online help desk and regular webinar sessions have been set up for the countries to exchange knowledge and provide peer-support.
- BES-Net 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.
- The BES-Net web portal was officially launched during the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) held in Dec 2016. The web portal disseminates relevant vacancy and event information daily and online library hosts over 2,800 knowledge resources. Key news updates by BES-Net, IPBES and other partners are highlighted in the bi-monthly e-newsletter and circulated widely through social media (www.besnet.world/…)
- Building on the project achievements to date, the Second Phase of BES-Net was initiated in January 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 up-scale 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 Trialogue approach.