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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 Caribbean, in English, Spanish and French The Pacific Islands, in English and French 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  
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is hiring a Consultant to support the development/refining of the BES-Net Trialogue methodology and support its implementation. Closely aligned with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) areas of work and capacity building needs, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) a capacity sharing ‘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. As a signature product of UNDP’s work in biodiversity and ecosystems, BES-Net harnesses its capacity building expertise at country-level, capitalizes on the accumulated knowledge of best practices and challenges in the field, and brings practitioners into the science-policy arena. BES-Net is supported by face-to-face capacity building activities (the BES-Net “Trialogues”), a matchmaking facility, and a cutting-edge web portal, all components being mutually reinforcing. The BES-Net Trialogues Facilitator will be responsible for: Refining/developing the methodology for the BES-Net Trialogues; Reviewing, enriching and updating the global desk study and its analysis report using other global best practices and methodologies Facilitating the development and framing of standard agendas and methodologies for the different (proposed) formats of the BES-Net Trialogues; Finalizing the BES-Net Facilitators Check List and Toolkit; Developing a Trialogue briefing pack for local facilitators and speakers; Supporting the organization, facilitation and management of the BES- Net Trialogues; Recommending the methodology of evaluating and monitoring the Trialogues and their capacity building impact; Developing a global roaster of Trialogue Facilitators. Interested and qualified International Individual consultants should submit their applications before the 13th October 2016, which should include the following Personal History Form (P11) - Template Provided (see link below); Detailed Curriculum Vitae; IC Proposal form - Template Provided (see link below).   
We are pleased to announce the soft launch of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) web portal. BES-Net is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that promotes dialogue among science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The BES-Net web portal provides a “one-stop shop” for policy relevant information and learning material on different themes and methodologies, such as land degradation and restoration, pollinators pollination and food production, and more. Over the last 6 months, we have been piloting the BES-Net web portal internally within UNDP, while IPBES-related content is being finalized in collaboration with IPBES. Our global capacity sharing network presently counts 75 organizations playing a key role in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as 70 international experts, who have agreed to respond and interact with users on issues regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services and poverty eradication in their individual capacities. We invite you to register as a user of the web portal and, as a first step, share your knowledge through the portal’s thematic libraries. You are also invited to suggest new organizations and experts from both within and outside your organization to join the network and start using the interactive features of the website. This will ensure that the BES-Net web portal serves as a living and flexible platform, adapting to its users’ needs. Additionally, it will give visibility to your organization and its knowledge products. We hope the BES-Net web portal proves to be a useful tool for your organization and your constituencies. We aim to have a formal launch event in the fourth quarter of 2016; related communication concerning this event will be forthcoming. Until then, we look forward to your suggestions and feedback to further improve it. Thank you again for your support and contributions.