About

Partnerships power change for the planet. Read about our story of pooling strengths from three UN agencies to help deliver healthier and resilient ecosystems.

Our Vision

A world that values conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of diverse ecosystem services in the long run, ensuring both human well-being and a resilient planet for generations to come.

Our Mission

To create space for national and regional scientists, policymakers and practitioners to jointly design transformative solutions and build knowledge and evidence for strategic action, so ecosystems can thrive, be healthy and resilient. Our work runs in parallel and contributes to the work of IPBES, founded in 2012. Building capacity and offering a collaborative platform for scientists, policymakers and practitioners to come together, BES-Net uses IPBES’ diverse and rigorous assessments and tools as a starting point for greater awareness and action.

Our Story

BES-Net’s journey began in 2016 when UNDP, through its Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED), and UNEP-WCMC joined hands with the support of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative (IKI) and SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. As a result, BES-Net’s first phase (2016–2022) has successfully strengthened institutional coordination between science, policy and practice communities in more than 20 countries. Building capacity and awareness about the latest assessments, BES-Net’s work is instrumental in national decision-makers adopting key recommendations that emerge from IPBES’ global, regional and thematic assessments and discussions around protecting biodiversity and ecosystems.

Building on this demand and enthusiasm, BES-Net’s second phase kicked off in 2020 with the continued support from BMU/IKI and SwedBio and brought in UNESCO as a new partner in the BES-Net consortium. Continuing to support countries with National Ecosystem Assessments and Trialogues to foster collaboration, this new phase also prioritizes greater inclusion of indigenous peoples and local voices in decision-making, as well as channelling catalytic investments for biodiversity solutions that are locally led.

Timeline

October 10 2018

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Our Team

BES-Net is guided by an Advisory Committee comprising the consortium (UNDP, UNEP-WCMC and UNESCO), donors (the Government of Germany and SwedBio) and other strategic partners such as IPBES, CBD, UNCCD and SGAN. UNDP’s GC-RED serves as the main host of the network.

Anne Juepner

Anne Juepner

Director, UNDP GC-RED

Yuko Kurauchi

Yuko Kurauchi

Policy Specialist, UNDP GC-RED

Marlyn Omondi

Marlyn Omondi

Technical Officer, BES-Net, UNDP GC-RED

Oscar Mwangi

Oscar Mwangi

Operations Associate, UNDP GC-RED

Mary Likavo

Mary Likavo

Project and Administrative Assistant, BES-Net, UNDP GC-RED

Prashanthi Subramaniam

Prashanthi Subramaniam

Knowledge Management, Communications and Monitoring Officer, BES-Net, UNDP GC-RED

Alexandra Postrigan

Alexandra Postrigan

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Consultant, BES-Net, UNDP GC-RED

Alice Fogliata Cresswell

Alice Fogliata Cresswell

Online Platforms Management Officer, BES-Net, UNDP GC-RED

Shaenandhoa García Rangel

Shaenandhoa García Rangel

Senior Programme Officer - Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support, UNEP-WCMC

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

Principal Technical Specialist - Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support, UNEP-WCMC

Joseph Karanja

Joseph Karanja

BES-Net ILK Project Officer, UNESCO

Nigel Crawhall

Nigel Crawhall

Chief of Section, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS), UNESCO

Sofia Delger

Sofia Delger

BES-Net Consultant, UNESCO

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