The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)

is a capacity building network of networks that promotes dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development.



The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity building “network of networks” that promotes dialogue among science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to the long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

The Network is supported by face-to-face capacity building activities (the BES-Net Trialogues), a matchmaking facility, and a cutting-edge web portal – with all components mutually reinforcing.

BES-Net is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented through partnerships with the Norwegian Environment Agency, SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Through BES-Net, UNDP contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). BES-Net facilitates and promotes dialogue on themes echoing the IPBES global assessments, and in key areas of UNDP’s work on biodiversity and ecosystems management.

BES-Net harnesses UNDP’s capacity building expertise at the country level capitalizes on the accumulated knowledge of best practices and challenges in the field and brings practitioners into the science-policy arena.

In implementing its mandate, BES-Net follows an inclusive approach, collaborating with relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and drawing on the support of many other partner organizations.

BES-Net Activities

BES-Net Web Portal

The BES-Net web portal provides a “one-stop shop” for policy-relevant information and learning material, guiding users through the existing sources of thematic information and methodological tools, and providing access to learning material and policy briefs.

The portal promotes dialogue around the same thematic areas in which IPBES assessments are being conducted, as well as in key areas of UNDP’s work on biodiversity and ecosystems management for development, and provides interactive features for the members of the network to interact on specific policy questions.

BES-Net Trialogues

The face-to-face capacity building activities – the BES-Net “Trialogues” – are multi-stakeholder dialogues focusing on specific policy questions at the national and regional levels.

By facilitating fruitful discussions among the three BES-Net communities of policy, science/knowledge holders and practice, the trialogues will contribute to addressing specific policy issues to help unlock shifts in the development trajectory of societies towards sustainability.

For more information, please consult the BES-Net Concept Note.


The BES-Net matchmaking facility will host:


  • A BES-Net managed Vacancies section providing information on jobs and internships available in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services (already available).
  • Other matchmaking elements, based on the needs of the BES-Net Network.

BES-Net Community

BES-Net aims at bringing together policymakers, scientists/knowledge holders and practitioners to address specific policy issues in the arena of biodiversity and ecosystem services, each community bringing a different angle to science-policy questions.



They shape policy and legislation in the public sector and civil society. Policymakers use research to inform decision-making and may need support to demystify the scientific evidence to inform policy. Engaging with a wide range of policymakers across sectors and ministries will help to mainstream biodiversity effectively.

Science & Knowledge Holders

Holders and generators of knowledge, they include scientists from academic institutions, NGO researchers or traditional holders and generators of knowledge, as well as technical specialists involved in managing biodiversity. Their knowledge significantly contributes to the sustainable management of ecosystems.


They work on the ground, directly or with intermediaries, to define and manage biodiversity and ecosystem challenges. They include members of NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations, the private sector as well as indigenous people and local communities. Their engagement is critical for informing and implementing policymaking.