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: August 2019
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
- Policy: 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. To date all four NEA target countries are progressing towards the finalization of the first draft assessment report.
- Knowledge Management: 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 network’s web portal disseminates relevant vacancy and event information daily and online library hosts over 1,700 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/… ). Results of the BES-Net’s mainstreaming and capacity building at regional and national levels can be consulted on IPBES’s Impact Tracking Page (www.ipbes.net/… ). In Trinidad and Tobago, an interactive online page was established on the iNaturalist platform to jointly track pollinators and pests of plant species (www.inaturalist.org/… ). Similar pages were also created for Grenada, Saint Lucia and Jamaica with the aim to scale up the effort and improve the regional pollination database in the Caribbean. Quarterly webinar sessions have been held to give countries an opportunity to present and discuss progress in their respective NEA works. The NEA project also hosted a side-event at SBI 2 in Montreal, in July.
- Publication: The Government of Cameroon also launched the IPBES Thematic Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production during the event, ensuring to mainstream key assessment findings and recommendations into relevant national decision-making processes. (IPBES (2016). The assessment report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on pollinators, pollination and food production. S.G. Potts, V. L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, and H. T. Ngo, (eds). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 552 pages.)
- Meeting: At regional level, the Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience was successfully organized on 4-6 September 2018 in Santo Domingo, engaging over 60 participant (www.besnet.world/… ). At national level, the Cameroon NEA team, together with the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development convened a Trialogue event on 22 May in Yaoundé on the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity (www.besnet.world/… ). During the third meeting of the IPBES capacity-building forum, BES-Net’s regional/national Trialogue works were highlighted repeatedly as successful examples to support the use and uptake of the approved IPBES assessment reports (www.ipbes.net/… ).