Strengthening the culture of dialogue to bridge the science-policy-practice interface for sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services

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 the 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. For more information please down load the information note here. With improved awareness and enhanced network around the IPBES assessment themes, the participants of the Regional Trialogues have been leading the evidence-based uptake effort by promoting policy reforms, undertaking new research studies and organizing sensitization events, across the world. Please check out the inspiring post-Trialogue “Bright Spots” cases.

National Trialogues

At the 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:


New Trialogues under development



BES-Net Trialogues
The First Kenya National Trialogue: Attaining Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Targets and Pollinator Conservation for Food Security
03 Aug 21 to 04 Aug 21      Online      Ministry of Environment and Forestry

The National Trialogue is a BES-Net (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network) initiative, uniting policy, practice and science communities around the topics o

BES-Net Trialogues
Kenya National Trialogue
20 Apr 21      Online      Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Towards the Kenya National Trialogue: Accelerating Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Implementation through Strengthened Science-Policy-Practi

BES-Net Trialogues
Francophone Africa Regional Trialogue on Land Degradation Neutrality, Pollinators and Food Productivity in the COVID-19 Pandemic Context
01 Jan 21 to 31 Mar 21      Yaounde, Cameroon      UNDP & Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (Cameroon)

Target countries:

Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Senegal 

BES-Net Trialogues
Francophone Africa Virtual Trialogue Sessions in COVID-19 Context with Special Focus on Indigenous People and Local Communities
02 Oct 20 to 25 Oct 20      Virtual Event      UNDP & Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (Cameroon)
Target countries:

Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Senegal