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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)

Promoting dialogue between science, policy and practice, to build capacity for sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide

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BES-Net Newsletter

The March 2018 issue of the BES-Net newsletter is now available in our Newsroom
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BES-Net Knowledge Support

​BES-Net is a one-stop-shop for online learning and networking on a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem services themes
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BES-Net Networking Support

BES-Net provides various ways for you to connect to people working in the arena of biodiversity and ecosystem services
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BES-Net Matchmaking Support

Browse jobs and internships in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services advertised by Partners
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Use this one-stop-shop for online learning and networking on a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem services themes. Browse and share information, connect with experts, commission policy briefs and access knowledge that helps answer your specific questions.

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Access the latest information on policy support tools and methodologies, not only to learn about the different elements of policymaking and implementation, but also to assess the potential usefulness of these resources in specific contexts.


Connect with scientists, knowledge holders, policymakers and practitioners and join a global conversation on capacity building in the arena of biodiversity and ecosystem services – start an online discussion with new contacts, poll and survey experts, and much more.


BES-Net will be involved in capacity building matchmaking activities, based on the needs of its Partners. You can now look for vacancies in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Search or browse upcoming events relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services, ranging from trainings to national science-policy-practice dialogues and international meetings.


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Brief Introduction   Land degradation affects us all directly or indirectly: food insecurity, pests, reduced availability of clean water, increased vulnerability to climate change, biodiversity loss, and much more. However, policy often fails to acknowledge this problem or is incapable to identify solutions. That’s why we offer this MOOC, to help understand how to influence policymaking to foster sustainable soil protection and rehabilitation. Theoretical and methodological input by experts will help you to clarify specific policy objectives, the preferred modes of communication of your target group, and to identify the most suitable engagement techniques or activities. You will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with experts and participants and work on the topic  in  an international network of practitioners, scientists and policymakers. Register here
  This event will take place during The second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI2) in Montreal Canada room 7A on 12th July 2018!    This is a joint project between BES-Net hosted by UNDP, and UNEP-WCMC entitled ‘ Undertaking national ecosystem assessment in developing countries’ is designed to build the capacity of four developing countries (Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam). This side event will use case-study style presentations to showcase practical examples of the assessment progress in each country since 2016. A panel discussion will follow on the role of ecosystem assessment in the post-2020 agenda and how assessment findings will be integrated into national decision-making processes. There will be an opportunity to explore the impacts and benefits of national ecosystem assessments for national and sub-national decision making.  
Our 2018 Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Brochure is out!  Find more information on BES-NET activities in ringing science, policy and practitioners together for face to face talks, National Ecosystems Assessments and an online package for networking. Have a look at our funding partners and much more!   Click to view or download the 2018 brochure