Supporting developing country capacity to address science-policy questions through IPBES via the UNDP managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) and the UNEP-WCMC hosted Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGA Network)
As of: October 2018
Objective and activities
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 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 December 2016 in Mexico.
- The BES-Net Network now counts 88 partner organisations and more than 110 registered international experts who have accepted to answer questions from users of the BES-Net web-portal on a series of critical themes, playing a key role in the science-policy-practice interface in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services globally.
- Capacity Building in support of four national ecosystem assessments was initiated in collaboration with WCMC in Cameroon, Columbia, Ethiopia and Vietnam through a global inception workshop, held in June 2017 in Kribi, Cameroon.