*/   Bi-monthly newsletter | Issues No 18 | July 2019 A word from the BES-Net team Dear BES-Net readers,   Just a month after the 3rd BES-Net Regional Trialogue, the participant countries continued their work on setting targets at the national and regional levels and designate a responsible entity to achieve those targets.  Another relevant event that took place in June is the Colombia National Trialogue on indigenous and local knowledge for biodiversity and ecosystem services. To promote and to ensure a greater social and community participation in the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services is a priority and a challenge in a megadiverse country such as Colombia. The presence of ethnic and local communities with vast knowledge and practices is more than ever relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in their territories. That is why there is an ecological urgency in Colombia to work on the synergies between indigenous and local knowledge and the environment.   This compelling call to action was made by representatives of indigenous, afro-Colombian and peasant communities during the trialogue event held in Bogotá, from 7 to 8 June 2019, organized by the Humboldt Institute in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and with the support of UNDP's BES-Net Trialogues.  On the margin of this National Trialogue, around 40 people gathered to engage in a dialogue between the group of experts of the Colombian National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) team and the indigenous and local representatives, for them to present their perspectives about environmental change and the role of their knowledge in the management and preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services..  This event was a joint effort and extremely successful in engaging ethnical and local communities in ways that can promote policy uptake of the national assessment findings. Read more about the event here.     Science - Policy - Practice Discussion:  Insights from David Duthie Does carbon emission reduction grow on trees?   The recent IPBES 7 meeting in Paris was dominated in the media by coverage of the release of the Summary for Policymakers of the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.  However, the meeting also represented the close of the first programme of work, adopted in 2013, and the agreement on the second programme of work, moving forward.   Details of the new programme can be found here, and Peter Bridgewater, Dirk Schmeller and co-authors have provided a useful overview of the meeting in an editorial in the journal Biodiversity & Conservation, building on their previous commentaries of earlier IPBES meetings – see here and here and here.    One thing I picked up from the editorial is that IPBES will produce, within one year, jointly with the IPCC, a technical report on the synergies between biodiversity loss and climate change.   Hopefully, this report can complete the transfer from science to policy the message that, whilst we work out how to muster the political will to take emissions reductions seriously, the only safe and by far the most cost-effective Negative Emission Technology (NET), and that will have additional biodiversity benefits, is reforestation.    Two recent research articles have provided some “big picture” numbers on the potential of tree restoration. Bastin et al (0), from the Crowther Lab in Switzerland, found that there is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests, whilst Brancalion et al perform a similar analysis for tropical forests, but also include socio-economic considerations to identify those areas with the greatest potential benefits and cost-effective outcomes.   Now is the time to build a partnership between the Bonn Challenge and the Paris Agreement.   Highlights from BES-Net Partners Post-Trialogue actions in the Caribbean: "The role of IPBES in the Dominican Republic"   Dr. Venecia Alvarez, a participant in the BES-Net’s Caribbean Regional Trialogue, recently contributed an article to the Verdor Magazine - the magazine of the Dominican Academy of Sciences in the Dominican Republic.Dr. Alvarez is a member of the Commission of Natural Sciences and Environment of the Dominican Academy of Sciences and a member of the panel of experts of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for the Caribbean and Latin American region. Her article titled “IPBES’s role in the Dominican Republic” sheds light on the BES-Net Trialogue, which was held on 4-6 September 2018 in Santo Domingo, and the post-Trialogue actions having taken to date in the Dominican Republic.   Read more: https://www.besnet.world/ipbes%E2%80%99s-role-dominican-republic.     2nd BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact by BiodivERsA   BiodivERsA is very excited to announce the release of its second animated video presenting the results of the BUFFER research project.   Check the video out here: The BUFFER. Under the name "Marine Protected Areas for better clarity in the sustainable use of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity", the project was funded under the 2011-12 BiodivERsA joint call on “Biodiversity Dynamics: Developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving resilience”.   Following the URBES project (featured in a first animated video last year), the BUFFER project has been awarded the opportunity to present their work in an animated video as part of the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact. This prize acknowledges the excellent, pioneering research performed in BUFFER.   The project developed a new Regulation-Based Classification System for Marine Protected Areas. This system was already adopted by major international organisations as well as local management authorities.      5th Regional Dialogue on Biodiversity Finance by BIOFIN   Countries from across Latin America and the Caribbean came together in June for the 5th Regional Dialogue on Biodiversity Finance. More than 60 experts met in Cartagena, Colombia to exchange experiences about economic and financial tools associated with the management of the planet’s biodiversity. Finance for nature is a commitment of the whole society to the sustainability of the planet. Economists, governments of the region, multilateral banks, private sector and participants of the BIOFIN initiative from more than ten countries in  in the region analyzed the financing challenges and shared strategies and instruments to overcome them. Read more here.     EVAMAB workshop in Ethiopia by CEBios   Between May 13th and May 17th, about 35 scientists and African Biosphere Reserves managers gathered in Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), to present the results of the EVAMAB project and discuss ecosystem services in African Biosphere Reserves.   You can now download a summary of the workshop or the full report. Pictures are also available on this website.     Announcing the Equator Prize 2019 Winners by Equator Initiative   Following a global call for nominations, the Equator Initiative received 847 nominations from 127 countries around the world. An extensive, four-stage peer-review process guided by our Technical Advisory Committee of international experts was undertaken over the last several months. 22 communities honored for local, innovative, nature-based climate solutions will be celebrated at a high-level award ceremony in New York on 24 September 2019.   Please find below summaries on each of the Equator Prize 2019 winners. Hover over the organization name for a description of the initiative. Read more here.       "Trees can stop global warming - who will fund this?"  by WeForest   Climate change, or rather climate urgency is hot: it is on the streets, it is making headlines in the press, and it was central in the last May European elections. Being climate-conscious is no longer the prerogative of scientists and NGO’s. Everyone is asking for action, like on March 15th when our youth demonstrated in 128 countries. Governments are being sued and some corporations are being blamed by their own investors and shareholders for their inaction . There are open climate litigations in at least 28 countries around the world.    “The climate marchers are also consumers…,” Marie-Noëlle Keijzer, the CEO and co-founder of WeForest points out. “What if for everything we purchase or consume, we chose a brand that protects and restores forests?” Read more here.   Upcoming events UNCCD COP 14 2 - 13 September, New Delhi, India   The global Conference is expected to review the progress made, especially during the last two years, to control and reverse further loss of productive land from desertification, land degradation and drought. These are considered growing threats to peace and security in both developed and developing countries due to the widespread loss of livelihoods for communities and even entire regions. Read more here.    Climate Action Summit23 September 2019, New York Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require unprecedented effort from all sectors of society. The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda. Read more here.       SDG SUMMIT24 - 25 September 2019, NEW YORK   On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.   Read more information and apply online here.     Courses and Webinars Learning 4 Nature webinar:Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity Plans Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity Plans discusses how resilience thinking can be used to help facilitate delivery of the global biodiversity and development agendas. With a focus on national biodiversity plans, the course shows how resilience thinking can inform policymaking, planning, and implementation to deliver on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals. This course builds on the module Understanding Resilience Thinking, which introduces the concept of resilience and shows how resilience assessments can be used to address pressing conservation and development challenges. Enroll here.    Latest resources ECOSYSTEM-BASED ADAPTATION Selection Case Studies from Africa   Ecosystems provide four main functions: regulating (such as water purification, climate control, pest control), provisioning (including the provision of food or water), supporting (such as nutrient cycles) and cultural (such recreational and spiritual) services (MEA, 2005). Their degradation, therefore, will undermine their ability to provide these services. Read the report here.     The Importance of Wetlands for Urban Resilience As ecosystems – such as floodplains, marshes, mangroves and seagrass – are degraded, the surrounding cities and regions become increasingly prone to extreme weather events and challenged by environmental stressors such as water shortage, urban heat waves, land subsidence and drought. Read the full case study here.       Jobs and other opportunities Technical Advisor (Honey Bee Breeder) Organization: FAO Location: Saudi Arabia-Riyadh Closing date: 1 August 2019 See here  Global Biodiversity Policy Coordinator  Organization:BirdLife International Location: Cambridge, UK Closing date: 8 August 2019 See here  Post-Doctoral Fellow Cocoa climate change adaptation and farmer experimentation Organization: Bioversity International Location: Ghana Closing date: 16 August 2019 See here Native Plant Nursery ManagerOrganization: Society for Conservation Biology Location: Avalon, Carlifornia Closing date: 21 August 2019 See here      Copyright © 2019 BES-Net, All rights reserved. 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As part of the implemention of the national strategy to protect pollinating species threatened with extinction, Nigeria joined the ‘Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators’, a global alliance of like-minded countries for promoting pollinator protection. To affirm this commitment, the nation’s federal officials signed the Declaration of the Coalition of the Willing on 25 July 2019 in Abuja. By signing the Declaration, Nigeria reaffirmed its commitment to take action to protect pollinators and their habitats by developing and implementing national pollinator strategies consistent with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production; sharing experience and lessons in developing and implementing national pollinator strategies; reaching out to seek collaboration with a broad spectrum of stakeholders; developing research on pollinator conservation; and supporting the collaboration. Mr Sikiru Tiamiyu, the Deputy Director in the Forestry Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment said: “The project is about pollinators and how it relates to land degradation. The idea behind the project is that, for any crop to yield, there must be pollination.” During the signing event, participants also reviewed and adopted the Pollinator Friendly Land Degradation Neutrality Country Action Plan, which was the key outcome of the Anglophone Africa Regional Trialogue: Bright Spots for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), Pollinators and Food Security, which was organized by  the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) on 28-30 May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Regional Trialogue  reviewed the key messages of the two inter-linked thematic assessment reports produced by IPBES on pollinators, pollination and food production and land degradation and restoration and their relevance to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets. Nigeria becomes the 28th signatory to the Declaration, following Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ethiopia, Ireland, Luxemburg, Mexico, Slovenia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, BES-Net, Norway, Estonia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Morocco and Burundi. For more details please press here. Please download the Press Statement here: [ENG] [DUTCH]  
Dr. Venecia Alvarez, a participant in the BES-Net’s Caribbean Regional Trialogue, recently contributed an article to the Verdor Magazine - the magazine of the Dominican Academy of Sciences in the Dominican Republic.   Dr. Alvarez is a member of the Commission of Natural Sciences and Environment of the Dominican Academy of Sciences and a member of the panel of experts of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for the Caribbean and Latin American region. Her article titled “IPBES’s role in the Dominican Republic” sheds light on the BES-Net Trialogue, which was held on 4-6 September 2018 in Santo Domingo, and the post-Trialogue actions having taken to date in the Dominican Republic.  Inter alia, the author analyzes the relevance and importance of the United Nations’ collaboration to promote the uptake of the IPBES assessment findings and messages in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, through the lenses of the first IPBES Global thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. The author highlights how the Trialogue brought together the seven island countries of the Caribbean Region and facilitated the multisectoral dialogues of political, scientific and practice communities around the themes of protecting the pollinators with the improved understanding of their roles in food security and the resilience to climate change in the region. Some of the keys agreed on follow-up action points by the participants include:   safeguard pollinators; guarantee a greater diversity of habitats; promote sustainable agriculture; support of traditional practices such as: management of the habitat patch and the rotation of crops broader education and knowledge exchange; decreased exposure of pollinators to pesticides; improve the breeding of bees. Dr. Alvarez states in the same article that “As a result of the second Regional Trialogue, the participants agreed on the development and implementation of a Regional Action Plan, which includes national and local actions for each country. As she further emphasizes “The Dominican Republic, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, committed to comply with the priority actions, identified and included in said Action Plan. With this activity, IPBES made a valuable contribution, to the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as food production, to the benefit of the well-being of all the Dominicans. From the current edition of this Verdor Magazine, the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic will monitor compliance with commitments assumed by the Dominican State, through the Plan of Action 2018-2030. In this way, this scientific entity intends to do their contribution from an academic point of view to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use for pollinators, their importance in biodiversity, in the production of food and therefore in the reduction of poverty”, stated Dr. Alvarez. For more information about IPBES in the Dominican Republic, please read the original article in Spanish here.  
The concept of the Blue Economy has recently attracted considerable attention as a basis to strengthen marine ecosystems, through which to promote economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion. This approach underscores the importance of using ocean and other water resources sustainably. A number of initiatives have already been implemented around the world, such as the regulation of coastal activities, sustainable wetlands management, mangroves restoration, management of storm surges and fishing activities, etc., as the strategies to strengthen habitat protection of the marine environment and reduce pollution among other issues.   A side event conducted during the recent UN Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2019 triggered discourse on how to enhance stakeholders’ partnerships and collaboration at national and international levels to address the common challenges and opportunities between Blue Economy and cities. Several nations recognised that cities take a center stage in solving environmental issues. Cities consume large amounts of natural resources, produce tonnes of waste and emissions, all of which have significant impacts on the regional and planetary environment.  Effective urban and regional planning is therefore crucial and must be managed by anticipating, mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.  Member countries of the UN Habitat Governing Council concurred on the importance of protecting and restoring the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystem to maintain their diversity and to enable sustainable use of resource for the present and future. The UN Habitat Background Paper on Blue Economy and Cities (2018) stresses that ‘spatial planning, integrated conservation, sustainable and efficient resource use are necessary tools and mechanisms to achieve sustainable development.’ The Paper highlights governance of marine and other water body environments and harmonizing them into national and regional urban policies, goals, plans and actions for better economic, social and environmental outcomes.  It also underscores the importance of involving all stakeholders in the Blue Economy infrastructure planning and design for cities, including informal settlements, low carbon plans and basic services while taking into consideration hinterlands, maritime space and foreland to drive integrated solutions.  A holistic approach would be further supported by effective governance and financing. More details are available here:
BES-Net’s third Regional Trialogue, “Bright Spots on Land Degradation, Food Security and Pollinators” was held on 28-30 May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The event was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Kenya and supported financially by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Focusing on Anglophone Africa, the three-day event was participated by a diverse group of people from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia, as well as the key resource people from the regional and international organizations. The objective of the Anglophone Africa Trialogue was to inform future land use and management decision-making process at regional, national and local levels based on the improved understanding of land-based ecosystem services, particularly pollinators and pollination, and their contributions to food security, climate change resilience and sustainable development.   “Trialogue reminds us of the need to bring out the nexus between land degradation, biodiversity loss and loss of pollinators more than ever,” said Mr. Richard Mwendandu, Director of the Multilateral Environment Agreement at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya. “Unless we build those three up, we will not be able to reverse food insecurity which we are experiencing in most countries in Anglophone Africa region.”   The Trialogue offered a variety of interactive sessions both indoor and outdoor and in both plenary and smaller working groups to unpack the messages of the IPBES thematic assessment reports and encourage all three communities of science, policy and practice to engage proactively and speak more freely.  Accordingly, stimulating and inspiring discussions were held, with the exchanges of “bright spots”, or practical good practice examples available, on how to improve the resilience of ecosystems and their fundamental services in support of achieving various Sustainable Development Goals, such as zero hunger (SDG 2) and Land Degradation Neutrality (SDG15.3).     Building on the proven success stories and lessons learned, the participants jointly came up with a series of concrete actions to be undertaken as regionally- and nationally- adapted versions of the policy and management options to uptake the IPBES assessment recommendations. “BES-Net brought together researchers, policymakers and practitioners and helped form a network, bridging the gap that has existed among them for a long time,” said Mr. Benneth Obitte, Director, Small Mammal Conservation Organization. “The most important thing coming out of this network is that, as we move forward, we are committed to serve as the champions and work together to lead the implementation of the national and regional actions.”  
GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP), in partnership with all three Rio Conventions, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and TVE, is organizing the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition for the upcoming Climate Summit and Conventions’ COPs.   The 2019 competition will focus on 3 themes: land, biodiversity and climate action. It seeks to encourage young people from around the world to submit videos showcasing positive solutions on three themes: Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health; Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change; and Nature-Based Solutions to balance the use of land for people and ecosystems.   “Young people have the capacity to influence adults and convince them to act now, and before it is too late”, said Cristiana Paşca Palmer, CBD Executive Secretary. The competition recognizes that more and more young people are now voicing concern about environmental degradation and are able to contribute great ideas for solving environmental issues.     One winner will be selected per category and the three winners will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December 2019. The winning videos will be screened in front of a global audience at the conference. In addition, the videographers will have the opportunity to work with UN Climate Change’s communications team, covering highlights of the conference.   To apply for the competition please press here: https://biomovies.tve.org.  The deadline for submissions is 28 July.   More details available from the press release here:  
*/ Bi-monthly newsletter | Issues No 17 | May 2019 A word from the BES-Net team Dear Members of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network,   The past couple of months have been full of events. One important event in the Biodiversity and Ecosystem services area was the 7th Plenary of the IPBES. Our team had participated in the IPBES-7 plenary in Paris from 29 April to 4th May. During the IPBES plenary, our partners had shared the updates on the National Ecosystems Assessments as follows:   Claire Brown from WCMC presented the importance of National Ecosystems Assessments and ongoing work in 8 countries, including 4 countries supported by BES-Net, highlighting the role of National Trialogues to bring together multi-stakeholders  Francois Hiol Hiol, Co-Chair of National Ecosystems Assessments in Cameroon, presented the ongoing assessment work and role of the National Platform to link scientific work to the policy process. Dr. Hiol Hiol kindly made reference to UNDP’s support in the science-policy interface strengthening!         BES-Net’s third Regional Trialogue was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 28-30 May 2019, with special geographic focus on Anglophone Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Kenya, IPBES and UNCCD, and with financial support of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and SwedBio, the Trialogue reviewed the messages of the IPBES Thematic Assessment Reports on Pollinators/Pollination and Land Degradation and Restoration in regional and national contexts, and discussed how they can be integrated into the ongoing efforts to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality and other land-related SDG targets in the region. Through the plenary and group exercises and field visits, the participants from policy, science and practice communities exchanged their experiences and jointly explored the opportunity of “bright spots” to better link the issues of land, pollinators and food security in their respective countries.     7th session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7)    “Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history - and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating“, according to the "Summary for Policymakers of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services". The report was approved at the IPBES-7, which was held from 29 April to 4 May 2019 in Paris, France.   The report compiled by some 150 expert authors from over 50 countries in the past three years, the assessment was described as the most comprehensive of its kind. The assessment reveals that ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. Taking cognizance of the complex factors surrounding damage to biodiversity, the report underscores the importance of articulating the history of the drivers for change across the globe, including social, demographic and economic factors. But this report also presents opportunities for achieving sustainability in areas that include agriculture, forestry, marine systems, freshwater systems, urban areas and energy, highlighting the importance of adopting an integrated approach for effective policies and mechanisms. It further calls for urgent action across the globe to transform and restore nature. For more details about the report, please click here. https://www.ipbes.net/news/Media-Release-Global-Assessment.   Science - Policy - Practice Discussion:  Insights from David Duthie The transformative change we want   Few of the readers here can have missed the many headline news stories covering the release of the latest not-so-snappily-titled “Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”.  The full 1,800-page report will not be released until later in the year, and only an advanced unedited version of the Summary for Policymakers is currently available on the IPBES website (see link above) although a useful summary and additional resource materials for the media has been made available by the IPBES Secretariat.   The majority of the media coverage has focused on the dire prognosis for biodiversity and nature’s contribution to people in a business as usual future, but in an increasingly non-linear world of emerging tipping points, there will be no business as usual future out to 2050.   The assessment authors clearly state that: “Goals for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability cannot be met by current trajectories, and goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative changes” and, usefully, provide a definition of transformative change as - “a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values”.    Representatives of the 132-member governments of IPBES have approved this definition, and have even accepted “consideration of alternative models and measures of economic welfare (such as inclusive wealth accounting, natural capital accounting and degrowth….)” -see para 40 of the SPM.   As recently as 2012, the UN General Assembly, in “The Future We Want”, reference was still being made to “sustained and inclusive economic growth” so finding degrowth accepted in a government-approved UN document in 2019 is remarkable – and I would encourage all readers here to explore the concept more via the articles in “Material demand reduction”, a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.   Highlights from BES-Net Partners Call for the revision of the "Background Document of the National Ecosystem Assessment in Colombia" - by Humboldt Institute   The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colciencias and the Research Institute of Biological Resources "Alexander von Humboldt" invited stakeholders and public to send their contributions to the chapters on the background document of the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) by 24th April. The NEA process is coordinated with the support of the World Monitoring Center for the Conservation of the United Nations Environment Program (WCMC-UNEP), using the methodology and conceptual framework of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - IPBES. BES-Net also supports the National Ecosystems Assessment by organizing National Trialogues to enhance three-way dialogue between government policymakers, academic scientists on-the-ground and practitioners with indigenous and local knowledge around the key issues addressed by the assessments. For more info, click here.     Post-Trialogue actions in the Caribbean:   Introduction to Stingless Bees Workshop in Trinidad and TobagoLed by David Rostant The stingless beekeeping workshop was held on 18th May at the Permaculture Trinidad-Wa Samaki. This one-day workshop was organised by Erle Rahaman and Lena Dempewolf, with the objective to raise awareness on the threats that are faced by the bees and demonstrated how these bees can be kept and managed in order to not only increase and conserve local populations but also to provide livelihoods for people. This one-day workshop served as an introduction to the identification, use, products and husbandry of native stingless bees of Trinidad and Tobago and was delivered by David Rostant, founder of the TrinBago Stingless Beekeepers Network. The additional benefit of being stingless means that these bees can be kept anywhere and the usual distance restrictions from residential areas do not apply.  Persons who attended the workshop expressed an increased appreciation for pollinators and several have since made contact with the organizers sharing pictures and stories of pollinators observed, their intention of starting their own hives and placing their names on waiting lists.   This workshop comes as a result of multiple other activities initiated after the Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators held last year in Santo Domingo, which brought together a number of persons with similar interests in protecting pollinators throughout the region. In Trinidad and Tobago specifically, it inspired a number of high impact projects that required little capital. Other activities include the creation of iNaturalist projects for every island of the English-speaking Caribbean; a Caribbean iNaturalist umbrella project; numerous presentations throughout the country about the importance of local pollinators, citizen science and how to join the iNaturalist projects; and a presentation in conjunction with the local pest control company Rentokil at an energy organization (DeNovo) about the importance of bees and bee safety.   Planned activities for the remainder of the year are a one-day workshop on managing habitat for pollinators; iNaturalist projects for Spanish, Dutch and French-speaking islands; pollinator activities at children’s summer camps; a national stakeholder pollinator dialogue; the enhancement and distribution of a bee removal network connecting persons with bees on their properties with beekeepers that are NGO.   Architecture and Biodiversity: a workshop organised by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform   On 19 March 2019, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform organised a workshop on Architecture & Biodiversity. The goal of the workshop was to gather Belgian researchers, administrations, architects, and landscape architects to exchange ideas on how to better integrate biodiversity into real estate projects. During the discussions, participants called for the creation of a regulation on biodiversity in building design and construction in Belgium; incentives as was done for the regulation on energy efficiency; the need to multiple trainings in the construction sector on how to enhance biodiversity in architectural practices; and the addition of biodiversity components into current instruments and certifications. The workshop will be followed up by concrete activities to ensure the implementation of these recommendations. Read more>>       Experience the redesigned PANORAMA platform and its 500+ solutions!   In order to further increase the user-friendliness and to showcase that the solutions on PANORAMA are often cross-cutting across topics and sectors, we have developed a new design for the homepage. Instead of the previous thematic portals, the homepage now features three new entry points for exploring the solutions; You can now find solutions for regions and countries directly via a map, for specific ecosystems and topics. Check out more here.       Upcoming events   International Soil Congress 201919 June, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey Under the theme "Successful Transformation toward Land Degradation Neutrality: Future Perspective" the forum will bring together senior scientists, academicians, experts, policy makers, young researchers and students from national and international institutions to analyze the current and future trends of soil and land resources, establish new policies based on the principles of land degradation neutrality and create a universal message for the sustainable use of soil and land resources. Read more here.       Young people from around the world are encouraged to submit videos for the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition showcasing positive solutions on three themes: Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health; Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change; and Nature-Based Solutions to balance the use land for people and ecosystems. Entrants must be between 18 and 30 years of age and should submit a maximum 3-minute video by 28 July 2019 on one of the themes outlined above dealing with nature-based solutions and local climate action. Read more information and apply online here.     Advanced Science on Scenarios and Modelling on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to Support Human Well-Being (SPSAS Scenarios)1-14 July 2019, São Pedro, Brazil Given the complexity of current changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES), the use of scenarios and modelling became not only a top research priority but also an indispensable tool for decision making. The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Scenarios and Modelling on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to Support Human Well-Being will gather a critical mass of young scientists to discuss scientific knowledge of relevance to society. For additional information, please contact: scenarios.bes@gmail.com Information of the School is also available at the website: https://scenariosbes.wixsite.com/spsas-scenarios.       Courses and Webinars BIOFIN MOOC   The BIOFIN Massive Open Online Course has been running for the past 7 weeks. More than 3000 policy makers, practitioners and learners have covered the length and breadth of the BIOFIN process and come away with a comprehensive understanding of how countries can better understand and manage biodiversity finance and mobilise resources for conservation. All the webinars can be viewed publicly and are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian here.   Latest resources The 2018 UNDP Annual report   UNDP helps countries to protect the people most vulnerable to shocks, defend the diversity of nature, and stop climate change from further altering the balance of our planet. At the same time, UNDP works with our partners to accelerate an evolution to green economic pathways, investing in future-focused partnerships, industries, jobs and livelihoods. Read the report here.   CEBioS 2014-2018 report and 2019 plan available The Phase I (2014-2018) report of activities for the CEBioS programme has been launched. It is available in full, or in a lighter version resuming only the highlights.  This report is available on the CEBioS website.    Two new publications by CEBioS staff and partners  The first one, titled “Developing policy-relevant biodiversity indicators: lessons learnt from case studies in Africa”, deals with the increasing need for monitoring schemes (indicators) to help understand the evolution of the global biodiversity crisis and propose solutions for the future. The second one is entitled “The good, the bad and the ugly: framing debates on nature in a One Health community”. It tackles “One Health”, an open call for collaboration between the medical and veterinary spheres and those of environmental and social science.   Jobs and other opportunities Marine Programme Coordinator  Organization: Birdlife International Location: Dakar, Accra or Nairobi in Africa  Closing date: 4 June 2019 See here 3 Project Portfolio Technical Support Consultants Organization: UNDP-GEF Ecosystems and Biodiversity Portfolio Location: Home-based Closing date: 6 June 2019 See here Project Officer   Organization: Wetlands International Location: Tanzania Closing date: 12 June 2019 See here     Copyright © 2019 BES-Net, All rights reserved. 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The stingless beekeeping workshop held in 18th May at the Permaculture Trinidad- Wa Samaki Ecosystems. This one-day workshop was organised by Erle Rahaman and Lena Dempewolf, with the objective to raise awareness on the threats that are faced by the bees and demonstrated how these bees can be kept and managed in order to not only increase and conserve local populations, but also to provide livelihoods for people. This one-day workshop served as an introduction to the identification, use, products and husbandry of native stingless bees of Trinidad and Tobago and was delivered by David Rostant, founder of the TrinBago Stingless Beekeepers Network. The additional benefit of being stingless means that these bees can be kept anywhere and the usual distance restrictions from residential areas do not apply.  Persons who attended the workshop expressed an increased appreciation for pollinators and several have since made contact with the organizers sharing pictures and stories of pollinators observed, their intention of starting their own hives, and placing their names on waiting lists. This workshop comes after multiple other activities initiated after the Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators held last year in Santo Domingo, which brought together a number of persons with similar interests in protecting pollinators throughout the region. In Trinidad and Tobago specifically, it inspired a number of high impact projects that required little capital. Other activities include the creation of iNaturalist projects for every island of the English-speaking Caribbean; a Caribbean iNaturalist umbrella project; numerous presentations throughout the country about the importance of local pollinators, citizen science and how to join the iNaturalist projects; and a presentation in conjunction with the local pest control company Rentokil at an energy organization (DeNovo) about the importance of bees and bee safety. Planned activities for the remainder of the year are a one-day workshop on managing habitat for pollinators; iNaturalist projects for Spanish, Dutch and French speaking islands; pollinator activities at children’s summer camps; a national stakeholder pollinator dialogue; the enhancement and distribution of a bee removal network connecting persons with bees on their properties with beekeepers that are able to remove them; and finally, the formation of a Caribbean pollinator NGO.  
The Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Kyoto 2019 took place in Kyoto, Japan, from 13th to 17th May 2019 with the theme of “Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It is Not Too Late”. GLF Kyoto 2019 brought together representatives from government, the private sector, development agencies, youth, indigenous peoples, civil society, science, project implementers and media, to share ideas and practical experiences on how to move from commitment to action in creating more sustainable landscapes. This included identifying nature-based solutions in climate adaptation and mitigation for a climate-smart future.   Based on recent studies that the prevention of irreversible climate catastrophes requires the world’s population to commit to transformative change within the next decade, the event appealed to the world to pursue all necessary measures and advance concrete actions toward ‘net zero’ carbon dioxide emissions around 2050.  This will help to keep the global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius on the basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5-degree special report. One of the key outcomes of GLF Kyoto 2019 was the announcement by the city of Kyoto that it would reach zero emissions by 2050. GLF is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use as a critical part of the climate solution, and is dedicated to achieving the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement. For more information please press here
“ Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history - and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating “, according to the Summary for Policymakers of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The report was approved at the 7th session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7), which was held from 29 April to 4 May 2019 in Paris, France.   The report was released following a detailed assessment on deteriorating health of ecosystems, instigated by grave concerns about the accelerating extinction of species and the impact on people around the world. The assessment reveals that ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. Taking cognizance of the complex factors surrounding damage to biodiversity, the report underscores the importance of articulating the history of the drivers for change across the globe, including social, demographic and economic factors. Compiled by some 150 expert authors from over 50 countries in the past three years, the assessment was described as the most comprehensive of its kind. This report presents opportunities for achieving sustainability in areas that include agriculture, forestry, marine systems, freshwater systems, urban areas and energy, highlighting the importance of adopting an integrated approach for effective policies and mechanisms. It further calls for urgent action across the globe to transform and restore nature. For more details about the report, please click here. https://www.ipbes.net/news/Media-Release-Global-Assessment.