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
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 'Land Matters! Integrating soil degradation concerns and solutions into policy processes
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
The Pathfinder Award Call for Nominations - Innovation & Excellence in Protected and Conserved Area Financing and Resourcing
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) as well as WildArk- A Movement for the Wild present the inaugural Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Award recognises outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organisations or groups. The 2018 Award seeks initiatives focused on finding innovative solutions for financing and resourcing protected and conserved area. The winner receives $10,000 cash grant, runner-up $2000, and up to three special commendations $1000 each as well as attendance at the Award ceremony in Egypt during the 2018 CBD COP14 in Egypt and other recognition. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2018. Click here for more information
No. 11. May 2018 A Word from the BES-Net Team ABOUT BES-NET 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. Read more > DID YOU KNOW?12 May - the World Migratory Bird Day The year 2018 marks a new start for World Migratory Bird Day as it now unifies the planet’s major migratory bird corridors. Read more > 20 May - Wolrd Bee Day See how Wolrd Bees’ day was celebrated 22 May - the International Day for Biological Diversity. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Read more > 5 June 2018 is the World Environment Day. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution. Read more > IN FOCUSIPBES is happy to announce that the advanced English version of the IPBES-6 Plenary report, as well as the advance English versions of the five summaries for policymakers approved at IPBES-6, have been posted online here. BES-NET PARTNERS The BES-NET Partner’s Network now counts 95 organizations that play a key role in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Dear Members of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network, There are a number of days observed this month closely linked to the issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including the World Migratory Bird Day (12 May), World Bee Day (20 May) and International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May). Photo 1. Group photo of the participants of the Mini-Trialogue 22 May 2018, YaoundéOne of BES-Net’s target intervention countries, Cameroon, joined the global community to celebrate the 25 years of Action for Biodiversity and organized a range of activities throughout the month. Taking advantage of this momentum, the BES-Net team, together with other partners (GIZ, UNEP-WCMC, NESDA-CA), supported the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) in organizing Mini Trialogue on Science Policy for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 22-23 May in Yaoundé. The event provided an opportunity for key stakeholders representing policy, science and practice communities to explore linkages between ecosystems, food security and climate-resilient agricultural production in Cameroon. They reviewed the progress made thus far on the national biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment ongoing under the BES-Net framework with the support of UNEP-WCMC and the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Africa (NESDA-CA). In support of the IPBES capacity-building rolling plan, during this Mini-Trialogue, the Government of Cameroon launched the French version of the Summary for Policy Makers for the Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production by IPBES and presented the findings and recommendations of recently approved thematic/regional assessments. Read more> Science - Policy - Practice Discussion: Insights from David Duthie (BES-Net Senior Knowledge Management Advisor) Another form of MADness The acronym MAD is usually associated with the “mutually assured destruction” of the escalating nuclear weapons arms race of the Cold War, but something equally MAD is going on in the world of biodiversity, especially on island ecosystems such as the Caribbean. The recent IPBES regional biodiversity assessments have painted a generally grim picture of the state of biodiversity. Similarly, last year’s IPBES pollinator assessment highlighted the potential economic losses from the decline in, predominately, insect pollinators. So the MAD I want to highlight here is our plant “Mutualists Are Declining”. This is particularly apparent in the Caribbean, the location of the next BES-NET regional Trialogue, which will focus on pollinators. Because of a relative absence of insect pollinators on island ecosystem, a wider range of vertebrate pollinators (birds, bats, rodents) have evolved ecological adaptations to occupy the “nectar niche” – there are even specialist reptile pollinators in some island ecosystems. But vertebrate biodiversity is under increased threat compared with invertebrates and recent studies, including the IPBES pollinator assessment, have highlighted the loss of plant mutualists, both as pollinators and seed dispersers, which is creating plant “widows”, species that have lost a vital ecological partner and are effectively, in ecological and evolutionary terms, the living dead, or at best, the walking wounded. A 2013 study found that, on islands, up to 30% of vertebrate pollinators are threatened with extinction, potentially creating over 360 plant widows. Hopefully, the forthcoming Caribbean BES-Net pollinator Trialogue will be a positive step towards stopping this MADness. Highlights from BES-NET Partners IPBES Brochure for Scientists, Policy Makers and Practitioners by ValuES ValuES, in cooperation with the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo), published a brochure, entitled “The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): A brief introduction for scientists, policymakers, and practitioners”. The brochure provides interested parties with a quick and informative overview of IPBES and the different topics and processes addressed by the Platform. The document is available in English, French, German and Spanish. 3rd Global BIOFIN Conference by Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) In early March, around 250 government, civil society and private sector experts came together for the third global conference on biodiversity finance organised by BIOFIN in Chennai, India. Ministers and senior delegates from over 35 countries shared and debated strategies for investing in nature-based solutions and highlighted challenges and opportunities for advancing many of the biodiversity finance options available to countries – detailed in the recently launched BIOFIN Finance Solutions Catalogue. Read the full story, see video highlights and all the sessions and pictures from the conference. 270 Belgian scientists call to safeguard biodiversity by Belgian Biodiversity Platform On 26 March 2018, an Open Letter calling the Belgian government to safeguard biodiversity was signed by 270 Belgian scientists. This Open Letter came in support of the release of IPBES’s four regional assessments on biodiversity. The campaign for this Open Letter was launched on the initiative of Dr Brendan Coolsaet, Assistant Professor in environment and development at ESPOL and Senior Research Associate at the School of International Development (University of East Anglia, UK). Read more > Finding solutions without reinventing the wheel by Blue Solutions In March, the Blue Solutions initiative held a workshop where the creators of the South African ABALOBI app suite presented their blue solution to the fisheries sector in Uganda at Lake Victoria to consider its implementation. ABALOBI enables reliable catch data collection, sound monitoring, transparency and traceability of small-scale fisheries data, and empowers fishers to take an active part in fisheries governance, management and the market. Read more > Open Regional Fund South-East Europe Biodiversity project by GIZ Since the joint event in Sarajevo October 2017, the regional ORF BD project in South-East Europe has been working on advancing the implementation of the regional recommendations of the Trialogue through a number of measures: the establishment of the regional Biodiversity Task Force of the Regional Cooperation Council with IUCN as the Secretariat two pilot case studies supported to identify, assess and evaluate a range of ecosystem services including for agricultural production and nature conservation aiming to improve planning and decision-making basis for sustainable investments. Upcoming Events Public Policies in the Context of Global Changes: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Food Sustainability Paris, France, May 31st –June 1st, 2018 EKLIPSE at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology - Call for Capacity Building Course Jyväskylä, Finland, 11th June 2018 **More information on upcoming events relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services on BES-Net web portal.** Jobs, Internships and other opportunities IPBES Fellowship Program Closing date: 8 June 2018 ** Browse more employment opportunities in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services on BES-Net web portal.** Unsubscribe or update account
Le Mini-Trialogue au Cameroun pour enfoncer l’interface Science-Politique pour l’amélioration de la Biodiversité et atteindre la Vision 2035 de Cameroun
23 Mai 2018 Alors que Cameroun se joint à la communauté mondiale pour célébrer la 25ème anniversaire de La Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB) à l'occasion de Journée internationale de la biodiversité (JIB), le Ministère de l’Environnement, Protection de la Nature et Développement Durable (MINEPDED) organise un Mini-Trialogue sur la Science-Politique pour la Biodiversité et les Services Écosystémiques le 22 May à Yaoundé avec le support de BES-Net et autres partenaires. L’événement a pour l’objectif de : Sensibiliser au rôle critique que l’information scientifique peut avoir pour améliorer les décisions sur la biodiversité et contribuer aux efforts nationaux à se conformer aux engagements pris dans le cadre de la CDB ; Sensibiliser sur le rôle des écosystèmes dans la réalisation de la Vision 2035 en Cameroun tout en renforçant la résilience climatique pour les objectifs nationaux de sécurité alimentaire et de production agricole ; et Obtenir la validation du rapport d'orientation élaboré dans le cadre de l'évaluation nationale en cours sur la biodiversité et les services écosystémiques. Le Mini Trialogue a été ouvert par le Ministre du Ministère de l’Environnement, Protection de la Nature et Développement Durable, Hon. Pierre Hele avec la participation d’un grand nombre de parties prenantes représentant les communautés politiques, scientifiques et pratiques. L'événement a fourni l’occasion d’explorer comment le patrimoine biologique Camerounais est important et divers et peut conduire le développement au niveau national et local, en assurant la sécurité alimentaire et en améliorant les conditions de vie des communautés locales. Les participants ont discuté l'importance d'une politique / prise de décision scientifiquement informée et ont évalué le progrès réalisé jusqu'ici dans le travail d'évaluation de la biodiversité et des services écosystémiques au niveau national avec le soutien du Centre Mondial de Surveillance continue de la Conservation de la Nature (PNUE-WCMC) et le Réseau pour l'environnement et le développement durable en Afrique centrale (NESDA-CA) sous la guidance du BES-Net. À l'appui de plan continu de renforcement des capacités de l'IPBES, le Gouvernement du Cameroun a publié la version française du Résumé à l'intention des décideurs du Rapport d'évaluation sur les Pollinisateurs, la Pollinisation et la Production Alimentaire et a présenté lors de ce Mini-Trialogue les conclusions et recommandations d'autres évaluations thématiques / régionales récemment approuvées par IPBES. L'événement a été couplée avec la réunion conjointe du Comité National sur la Biodiversité et de la Plateforme Nationale pour la Science et la Politique sur la Biodiversité et les Services Écosystémiques le 23 mai, qui révisera les résultats du Mini-Trialogue et réfléchira aux stratégies nationales pour la biodiversité après 2020 en tant que processus critique pour informer l'établissement du programme mondial pour la biodiversité après 2020. Pour plus d’informations : http://idbcameroon18.cf/?i=1 ou sur la page Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/25th-IDB-in-Cameroon-384293098754535/ et Bronchure BES version franchaise
Mini-Trialogue in Cameroon to Strengthen Science-Policy Interface towards Improved Biodiversity Protection and Achievement of Cameroon Vision 2035
23 May 2018 As Cameroon joins the global community to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the occasion of the 2018 International Day of Biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) organized the Mini Trialogue on Science Policy for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 22 May in Yaoundé with support of the BES-Net, GIZ and other partners. The event aimed to: Raise awareness of the critical role scientific information can play to improve decisions on biodiversity and to contribute to the national efforts to comply with the commitments under CBD; Raise awareness on the role of ecosystems in achieving the Cameroon Vision 2035 whilst providing greater climate resilience for national food security and agricultural production targets; and Secure national validation of the scoping report developed within the ongoing national assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The Mini Trialogue event was opened by the MINEPDED Minister, Hon. Pierre Hele and participated by the wide range of stakeholders representing policy, science and practice communities. The event provided an opportunity to explore how valuable and diverse biological heritage in Cameroon drive development at the national and local level, providing food security, improving the livelihood of local communities. The participants discussed the importance of scientifically informed policy/decision-making and reviewed the progress made thus far to the national biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment works with the support of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Network For Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Africa (NESDA-CA) under the BES-Net framework. In support of the IPBES’s capacity-building rolling plan, the Government of Cameroon launched the French version of the Summary for Policy Makers for the Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production and presented the findings and recommendations of other recently approved thematic/regional assessments during the mini-Trialogue. The event was held back-to-back with the joint meeting of the National Biodiversity Committee and the National Platform for Science-Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 23 May, which deliberated further on the mini-Trialogue outputs and reflect on the options for a post 2020 national strategy for biodiversity as a critical process to inform the post 2020 global biodiversity agenda setting. Read more
Évaluation régionale IPBES de la biodiversité et des services écosystémiques en Afrique- quelles leçons à tirer ?
16 Mai 2018 Par Katja Heubach; Beraterin im Project ValuES / Advisor ValuES project Suite au lancement récent du Rapport d’évaluation sur la Biodiversité et les services Ecosystémique pour l’Afrique à IPBES-6, à Medellin, en Colombie en Mars, plusieurs experts de la région ont organisé un atelier unique à Abidjan, en Côte d'Ivoire en Avril. Co-organisé par Ministère de la Santé, de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable (MINSEDD), le Centre Scientifique et Scientifique (CSRS), WABES, WASCAL, UFZ, PROFIAB et ValuES, et soutenu par le Secrétariat de l'IPBES, ce genre d’atelier était une première dans le monde. Pendant trois journées intenses de l’atelier, les dialogues se sont axes sur la manière de comment tirer les leçons de l'évaluation régionale de l'IPBES et comment mieux informer les gouvernements nationaux. Lors de l’atelier, 40 participants de sept pays africains francophones (Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroun, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Mauritanie, République Démocratique du Congo et Tchad) ont discuté des stratégies et outils adéquats pour utiliser le rapport d'évaluation, y compris, par exemple, la mise en place de plates-formes nationales pour coordonner les activités au sein de leur pays. À la suite de ces discussions, les participants ont élaboré des feuilles de route préliminaires qui expliquaient comment ils prévoyaient utiliser les résultats de l'évaluation au niveau national. Les résultats de l'atelier et les leçons tirées du processus lui-même constituent la base de nouveaux processus de consultation de l'IPBES et de ses structures partenaires. Pour plus d’information, contactez : [Anchor] Katja Heubach, ValuES; Hans-Ulrich Caspary, PROFIAB Lire en plus : http://www.environnement.gouv.ci/actualite.php?rd=598 http://www.csrs.ch/detail_articles.php?idArt=210
16 May 2018 By Katja Heubach; Beraterin im Project ValuES / Advisor ValuES project Following the successful release of the Regional Assessment report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa at the IPBES-6 in Medellin, Colombia in March, experts from the African region had held a unique type of workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in April. Co-organised by the Minister of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD), Swiss Research and Scientific Center (CSRS), WABES, WASCAL, UFZ, PROFIAB and ValuES, supported by the IPBES Secretary, this workshop was the first of this kind in the world. The three-day intensive workshops dialogues focused on how to draw lessons from the IPBES regional assessment and raised questions on how to better inform national governments. During the event, some 40 participants from seven French-speaking African countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad) discussed about adequate strategies and tools to make use of the IPBES assessment report including, for example, the establishment of national platforms to coordinate country-level activities. The participants concluded with draft roadmaps sketching out how they are planning to use the assessment results at the national level. The results of the workshop and lessons learned from the process itself form the basis for further such consultation processes of IPBES and its partner structures. For more information, contact: Katja Heubach, ValuES; Hans-Ulrich Caspary, PROFIAB Read more: http://www.environnement.gouv.ci/actualite.php?rd=598 http://www.csrs.ch/detail_articles.php?idArt=210
Colombia harnesses the Trialogue methodology to launch its National Ecosystem Assessment in the margins of IPBES6
20 March 2018 Nature and biodiversity are the first victims of a peace agreement, especially in the first two years following the end to armed conflict. That is why there is an ecological imperative and urgency in Colombia to work on the linkages between peace and environment¨. This compelling call to action was made by Wendy Arenas, the Advisor to the Presidential High Council for Post-Conflict, during the dialogue workshop held in Medellin in the margin of the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES6), to launch Colombia´s first ever National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA). A full house of around 120 people gathered to engage in a dynamic TV talk-show type dialogue between the group of experts for the assessment and a panel that included Wendy Arenas, Jose Manuel Sandoval, the Director for Green Growth in the National Planning Department, Angela Andrade, the Chair of IUCN´s Ecosystem Management commission and Claudia Martinez, Board member of the Green Climate Fund. Left to right : Angela Andrade, Wendy Arenas, Pippa Heylings, Claudia Martinez, Jose Manuel Sandovar This dialogue workshop on Colombian Biodiversity: From Knowledge to Decision-Making was, in essence, a mini Trialogue co-organized by the Humboldt Institute and the Regional Authority of Corantioquia in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, with the support of BES-Net. Rosario Gomez is the National Coordinator of the NEA process and welcomed the innovative methodology of the BES-Net Trialogues to open up dialogue with key political stakeholders and find ways for the Ecosystem Assessment to contribute to Colombia´s overarching policies of Peace and Green Growth. The dialogue workshop was designed and facilitated by Pippa Heylings, the BES-Net Global Facilitator for the Trialogues. This event was a joint effort and extremely successful in engaging key policymakers in ways that can promote policy uptake of assessment findings. This highlights the importance of timing of the Trialogue methodology. Trialogues can (and should) be held at different strategic moments of an ecosystem assessment process - not only at the end of the process once the final assessment report is ready. In April, Pippa will be working with the Colombian National Assessment team to plan the full Trialogue event, building on the momentum generated by this initial event. Meanwhile, the BES-Net team continues to work with UNEP-WCMC and the other three NEA teams in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Vietnam, to identify the strategic moments and opportunities for their Trialogues to help overcome the science-policy-practice divide.