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The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on land degradation and restoration. Your stories will be reviewed and, once approved, shared on the BES-Net portal in a Good Practice Repository to become available in early 2018. In addition, select submissions may be included in upcoming BES-Net newsletters and in BES-Net land degradation and restoration event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) defines land degradation as the reduction or loss, in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rainfed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as:

  • Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water
  • Deterioration of the physical, chemical and biological or economic properties of soil
  • Long-term loss of natural vegetation.

Land restoration is defined as reversing land degradation processes by conversion to restorative land uses, adoption of recommended management practices and changes to enhance land resilience and restore soil productivity and ecosystem services.
Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:
 

  • Key threats to land-based ecosystems and solutions
    • Solutions should examine opportunities to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks, threats and impacts associated with land degradation.
  • Land use change and its impact on land degradation and restoration
    • Solutions that address land use change, including the conversion of land areas to farmlands, pastures, human settlements and urban areas, which can result in land degradation, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.
  • Land degradation, restoration and indigenous and local knowledge
    • Solutions should capture and engage various existing concepts and perspectives related to land degradation and restoration, and recognize diverse knowledge systems with a focus on representing indigenous and local knowledge.
  • Land degradation impacts on other natural resources
    • Solutions should address land degradation impacts on other resources such as freshwater, floodplains, wetlands and coastal systems. The focus is on how these ecosystems relate to the provision of services to people – food and water security, and exposure to natural hazards.
  • Land degradation and restoration financing solutions
    • Examples of solutions include financing solutions that have been adopted including public and/or private financing solutions.
  • Land restoration solutions
    • Examples of solutions include land restoration activities, policies and programs at various scales ranging from local to sub-national and national levels. Activities that support the Bonn Challenge, launched a global effort in 2011 to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020, should be highlighted.
  • Climate change and its relation to land degradation and restoration
    • Examples of solutions include targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase biodiversity.

Eligibility
All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
 
Language
The good practices can be submitted in English, Spanish and French. 
 
Submission Guidelines
In order to submit your proposal, we invite you to please review these details on submission and use the Good Practice template available here. All submissions should be sent to Marta Panco at marta.panco@undp.org as word documents using the template provided.
 

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on pollinators, pollination and food security. Your stories will be reviewed and, once approved, shared on the BES-Net portal in a Good Practice Repository to become available in early 2018. In addition, select submissions may be included in upcoming BES-Net newsletters and in the BES-Net Pollinator Trialogue event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication.

Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:
 

  • Pesticides and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: Raise standards of risk assessment and regulations of pesticide use. Reduce usage, seek alternative forms for pest control (IPM), train farmers and land users in good practices. Adopt technologies to reduce spray drift and dust emission.
  • Land use change and its harm to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: provide food and nesting resources for pollinators; manage or restore habitat patches; establish protected areas, increase habitat heterogeneity favoring diverse gardens and landscape.
  • Intensive agricultural management and the danger to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: create patches of flower rich habitats, support organic farming, and strengthen existing diversified farming systems, rewards farmers for good practices.
  • Genetically modified (GM) crops and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: raise standards of risk assessment for approval of GM crops and quantify the indirect and sub lethal effects of GM crops on pollinators
  • Pathogens, pests and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: improve management of bee husbandry, better disease detection and treatment, breeding programmes for disease resistance, improve regulations for trade and mass breeding (nationally and internationally).
  • Climate change and its relation to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase crop diversity (many of these are largely untested).
  • Invasive alien species and the danger to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: policies and practices to prevent new invasions. Eradication after invasion is rarely successful and very costly.

Eligibility:
All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
 
Language
The good practices can be submitted in English, Spanish and French. 
 
Submission Guidelines:
In order to submit your proposal, we invite you to please review these details on submission and use the Good Practice template available here. All submissions should be sent to Marta Panco at marta.panco@undp.org as word documents using the template provided.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity held a Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Africa, 7 - 9 November 2017, in Entebbe, Uganda. The Bio-Bridge Initiative was established during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, or COP12, to CBD in 2014 to facilitate implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Anne Juepner, Manager of BES-Net Project and Director of UNDP GC-RED, attended this round table event virtually and shared insights on the potential areas of collaboration between BES-Net and the Bio-Bridge Initiative. See the Presentation about the BES-Net Project and for more information about the Round Table, go to https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=TSCWS-2017-02.
 

Videos

BES-Net First Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development in Eastern Europe

The first-ever Regional Trialogue occurred in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 18th October to 20th October 2017. This event aimed to reach a common agenda for action around pollinators and its importance for food security and rural development in Eastern Europe.

Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the event “Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal” took place at the Convention of Biological Diversity COP13. Presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the event, which reviewed a new, cutting-edge platform to build capacity and promote global dialogue among science, policy and practice.

Sturle Hauge Simonsen Interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for BES-Net

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Head of Communications at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) following the formal launch event at CDB COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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