About BES-Net

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) aims to build capacity and commitment for biodiversity action across the world by translating the latest Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) products into action for biodiversity and conservation on the ground. BES-Net is jointly implemented by UNDP, UNEP-WCMC (hosting the National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative) and UNESCO (providing technical support on indigenous and local knowledge since 2020), and it is funded by the Government of Germany (through the International Climate Initiative) and SwedBio.

How We Work

We tap into our network of partners to find solutions and inspire collective action.


We engage science, policy and practice in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity.

National Ecosystem Assessments

We build evidence about ecosystems at the national level for policy and decision-making.

BES Solution Fund

We channel catalytic funds towards tangible, on-the-ground biodiversity solutions.

Indigenous and Local Knowledge

We engage Indigenous Peoples and local communities in decision-making and knowledge-sharing.

Network Partners
Ecosystem Assessments


Pooling the strengths of three UN agencies and a network of over 100 organizations from around the world, BES-Net’s consortium offers a platform for sharing solutions, meeting experts and building evidence for more resilient ecosystems.

Our Consortium

BES-Net is managed by a consortium of partners including UNDP, UNEP-WCMC and UNESCO. UNDP GC-RED serves as the main host of the network.

Our Partners

BES-Net’s 100+ Network Partners span across various regions and countries, ranging from international bodies to national research institutes, grassroots organizations and advocacy groups.

Our Experts

BES-Net’s network benefits from the knowledge of 130+ registered experts with expertise spanning from pollinator conservation to ecosystem-based adaptation and more.

Where We Work

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