Face-to-face capacity building support through Trialogues
BES-Net Trialogues are multi-stakeholder dialogues focusing on specific policy questions at the national and regional levels. The Trialogues bring together the three BES-Net communities of science, policy and practice into clear and constructive dialogue; hence the name ‘Trialogue’.

Regional Trialogues
At regional level, Trialogues aim at strengthening the interface between science/traditional knowledge, policy and practice, and enhance national capacity to integrate findings and recommendations from the IPBES Thematic Assessments into policy, planning and on-the-ground programmes and projects. Experience has shown that scientific reports and one-way transfer of information alone does not strengthen capacity nor lead to inclusive and effective decision-making. The Trialogue methodology, therefore, seeks to provide a space to foster mutual learning, inter-cultural understanding and inter-institutional coordination so that the participants can:

National Trialogues
At national level, the Trialogue approach is used to create a three-way dialogue between scientists, policymakers and practitioners (e.g. local and indigenous communities, farmers, businesses, civil society and NGOs, etc.) in support of the ongoing national ecosystem assessments (NEAs) process in Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Trialogues help strengthen the participation of key stakeholders into the assessment process, build their awareness and capacity, and increase uptake of the assessment report recommendations. It is important to involve policymakers in the crafting of policy questions for NEA: policy questions that are relevant to their mandate in short- and medium-term. It is also critical to understand and integrate local knowledge in order to: i) fully include all biodiversity values in the assessment; ii) understand the impacts and trade-offs of different policy recommendations (in terms of their impact and appropriateness for the different local contexts); iii) ensure that the proposed actions are fair, feasible, appropriate and achievable; and iv) engage local champions for any change in behavior and/or support for new approaches that are needed in order.

The Trialogue methodology allows participants to:

  • Jointly frame the problems around such issues as pollination/pollinators, land degradation and restoration
  • Generate innovative solutions
  • Identify policy options within a given context
  • Generate a commitment to action


E.g., 12/19/2018

New Trialogues under development



BES-Net Trialogues
Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience
9/4/18 to 9/6/18      Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic      UNDP & Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Dominican Republic

The Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience is the second Regional Trialogue to engage multi-stakeholders from the science, policy and practice sectors in dialogue around the

BES-Net Trialogues
Eastern European BES-Net Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development
10/18/17 to 10/20/17      Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina      UNDP & Bosnia and Herzegovina (Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism)

According to a recent global report on pollinators conducted by IPBES, 70% of the plants that we eat, and 90% of wildflowers depend on pollinators.