What is BES-Net?

BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), by aligning the networks’ activities with the themes of IPBES global assessments and using the guidance developed through the platform.

The Network also harnesses UNDP’s capacity building expertise at the country level, capitalizes on the accumulated knowledge of best practices and challenges in the field and brings practitioners into the science-policy arena. Extra: Video of the launch of BES-Net at Cancun COP 13! HERE

In implementing its mandate, BES-Net follows an inclusive approach, collaborating with relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and drawing on the support of many other partner organizations.




They shape policy and legislation in the public sector and civil society. Policymakers use research to inform decision-making and may need support to demystify the scientific evidence to inform policy. Engaging with a wide range of policymakers across sectors and ministries will help to mainstream biodiversity effectively.



They work on the ground, directly or with intermediaries, to define and manage biodiversity and ecosystem challenges. They include members of NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations, the private sector as well as indigenous people and local communities. Their engagement is critical for informing and implementing policymaking.

Scientists & Other Knowledge Holders

Scientists & Other Knowledge Holders

They include scientists from academic and research institutions, traditional and indigenous knowledge holders and technical specialists involved in managing biodiversity. Their knowledge significantly contributes to the sustainable management of ecosystems.


How does BES-Net operate?

BES-Net is managed by a consortium of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNDP’s Global Policy Center on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) serves as the main host of the network.

The BES-Net initiative is implemented with financial support from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Norwegian Environment Agency.

BES-Net activities are guided by the Advisory Committee which comprises of the project implementing consortium, donors (i.e. Governments of Germany, Norway and Sweden) and other strategic partners (e.g. IPBES and the UN collaborative partners to the Platform, CBD, UNCCD, SGA Network, etc.).

Who are BES-Net Partners?

BES-Net is proud to collaborate closely with a number of like-minded organizations and initiatives from around the world, working on various aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem services issues at different levels, as our Network Partners.