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We are delighted to announce that the BES-Net web-portal will be formally launched during the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), on 9 December 2016 at 13:15 in Cancun, Mexico. More detail to come!

In the meantime, we are inviting all our network members to register on the BES-Net web-portal, to become an active member of the global BES-Net community that counts 85 organisations working in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services and more than 90 international experts standing ready to respond to questions from users.


Click here for a consolidated list of UNDP events during the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13).


An ‘Inventory of Tools and Methodologies relevant for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA) Practitioners’ has been developed as part of the IKI funded global projects Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): Strengthening the evidence and informing policy, implemented by IIED, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC, and Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): Strengthening EbA in planning and decision making processes, implemented by GIZ.  Both projects aim to show climate change policy-makers when and why EbA is effective - the conditions under which it works, and the benefits, costs and limitations of natural systems approaches - and to promote the better integration of EbA principles into policy and planning.

The Inventory serves two purposes:

  1. To provide a baseline for the development of a toolkit/tool to support EbA planning and/or implementation, by outlining existing tools and their utility, in order to identify any important gaps where the project can make a contribution; and
  2. To provide a basis for documenting experiences with existing EbA tools and methodologies.

The Inventory consists of two independent parts: (i) a database of existing EbA Tools and Methodologies; and (ii) a questionnaire to collect information on experience using these tools and methods.

 IIED, IUCN, GIZ and UNEP-WCMC are sharing the current draft of the inventory in order to:

  1. Gather information about tools and methodologies useful for EbA that are currently not listed in the Inventory;
  2. Gather user experiences of different tools and methodologies useful for EbA; and
  3. Gain feedback on overall perceived gaps in tools and methodologies useful for EbA.

They would be grateful if you could take the time to review the Inventory and provide them with information relating to the above, by the 30th December. Please email your feedback, or indeed any questions about the Inventory, to Alternatively, you can join the discussion on BES-Net's EbA Forum.

On Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 at 8am EST, BIOFIN and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) will host a finance solutions webinar entitled: "Are biodiversity offsets an option for BIOFIN Finance Plans?" The webinar will comprise: a detailed presentation on what is a biodiversity offset, followed by a short description of the situation in the US and a presentation by a BIOFIN country. An interactive Q&A session will follow the presentation to discuss questions and challenges.

This webinar is an excellent chance for BIOFIN countries to assess the possible implementation of biodiversity offsets in the country and if the solution can be included in the Biodiversity Finance Plan. For more information and/or to register, visit:


On November 7th, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) will be launching a free online course (MOOC) on the impacts of climate change in Latin America. The MOOC will be launched at COP-22, at the IAI-ICSU side-event and IAI booth.

This low-budget project was developed in collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias teaches one of the modules), the UN Secretariat of the UNFCCC (with an introduction by former Executive Secretary) and was co-funded by the Development Bank for Latin America (CAF). The MOOC is taught in Spanish by 21 Latin American scientists and targeted to a broader audience - the goal is to raise awareness and communicate knowledge while promoting the Sustainable Development Goals #4, #13 and #17.

For more information and/or to register, visit the IAI MOOC website:


We are excited to announce the launch of our first newsletter! Sent to our community of Users, Experts and Partners, the BES-Net newsletter will keep you up to date on the latest news, events and discussions.

To read the first edition of our BES-Net newsletter online, click here. You can also download a PDF version here.

Happy reading!


GBIF invites the submission of proposals for funding from the Caribbean and the Pacific through the EU-funded Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. The total potential funding assigned to these two calls is €1,000,000, or €500,000 for each region.

Read the complete calls for:

The first phase of project funding through BID provided nearly €1 million to 23 projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The recipients include 34 organizations from 20 African countries, whose projects earned selection by an international panel from an initial pool of 143 initial proposals.

The new calls for the Caribbean and the Pacific seek projects that will:

  • Mobilize biodiversity data relating to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species
  • Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data
  • Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research
  • Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse


BirdLife International's Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has announced our Call for Applications for 2017 Awards.

In 2017, CLP awards are focused on projects occurring in a set of 22 countries: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.

CLP awards are aimed at early career conservationists with less than 5 years’ professional experience in the conservation sector. CLP awards are team-based, with at least 3 people per team. There are three tiers of CLP support, with the Future Conservationist Award earmarked exclusively for new applicants to the process:

  • Future Conservationist Awards: up to $12,500 each
  • Conservation Follow-up Awards: up to $20,000 each (available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners)
  • Conservation Leadership Awards: up to $40,000 each (available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners)

For more information about the 2017 Team Awards, including the eligibility criteria, applications forms and Frequently Asked Questions, visit the CLP website.


GBIF invites the submission of proposals under the second phase of the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA) programme, funded by Japan’s Ministry of Environment.

The current call aims to address key challenges identified by GBIF nodes in Asia relating to the mobilization and use of biodiversity data in the region. The total potential funding assigned to this call is approximately €80,000.

Two types of grant are included in the call:

  • BIFA capacity enhancement grants will target challenges relating to knowledge and skills required for biodiversity data publishing in Asia, including language barriers. GBIF Participant nodes and groups of nodes in Asia may apply for these grants.
  • BIFA data mobilization grants will target taxonomic and geographic gaps in freely-accessible data relating to Asian biodiversity. These grants are open to any institutions based in Asia.

To access guidelines on the call, including including eligibility requirements, click here. Concept notes must be submitted to the GBIF Secretariat by 18 November 2016, using the appropriate template linked from the guidelines on each grant type. For more information, contact:


ecoSERVICES has just launched a global online survey on the governance of ecosystem services around the world.

As a a research project of Future Earth, ecoSERVICES is committed to co-designing a research agenda aimed at deepening our understanding of the governance of ecosystem services. They aim to bring together the variety of voices present in the global ecosystem services knowledge community in order to shape governance research in this area. In order to achieve this, they have developed a short 5-minute survey that asks you to identify, based on your own experience, what you feel are the 3 most compelling research questions related to the governance of ecosystem services.

To participate, click on your preferred language: English, Français, Español, Português汉 语, العربية, 日本人