IPBES (The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) is organizing a youth workshop for young professionals and practitioners, 27 - 28 June 2019 in São Pedro, Brazil. The workshop aims to expand involvement in IPBES' efforts and to increase use and uptake of IPBES products among early-career scientists, policymakers and practitioners. It will bring together Governments, organisations and networks working on issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, to familiarize them with the work of IPBES, and explore opportunities for the young generation to contribute to IPBES' work on various scenarios and models.
IPBES is inviting nomination for participants to the workshop, latest by 6 May 2019. For more information please click here
Date: 18 April 2019
“Experts brainstorm on contribution of biodiversity and ecosystems to Cameroon’s development”, stated the headline in The Guardian Post Daily on 28 February 2019 after the interview with Ms. Prudence Galega, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) and Chair of the ongoing National Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) Assessment. The bilingual National Trialogue event was held from 24 to 27 February 2019 in Mbankomo, Cameroon. The Trialogue hit both national newspaper headlines and radio news for the focus that it placed on engaging both scientists and national policymakers in dialogue on the fundamental role that nature plays in Cameroon’s development drive to achieve its Vision 2035, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post Growth and Employment Strategy.
Within the framework of BES-Net, and with facilitation and technical backstopping support of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the leading scientists and experts from across Cameroon are working together to develop the country’s BES Assessment. The assessment is currently at a crucial stage for multi-stakeholder engagement, as the author team is finalizing the First Order Draft report and initiating peer-review. In order to achieve policy impact, the assessment needs to be demand-driven and policy-relevant, as per the guidance from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Against this backdrop, the National Trialogue on the Science-Policy Relevance of Cameroon’s BES Assessment was organized by BES-Net, MINEPDED and its local partner, the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Africa (NESDA-CA) with the aim to:
Review across and between First Order Draft Chapters for coherence and to ensure relevant policy questions are being addressed, where the gaps are, and how to improve where necessary;
Understand the expectations of policy makers regarding the usefulness of the key findings for specific policy areas;
Fine-tune policy questions where relevant, and add new ones if appropriate; and
Agree on the purpose of the Summary for Policy-Makers and how it will draw on key policy-relevant findings.
In order to ensure an iterative process of multi-stakeholder engagement, the Trialogue was divided into two parts: i) the co-authors’ meeting as an opportunity to jointly read across all chapters to ensure synergy and consistency as an integrated document; and ii) an interactive policy-dialogue meeting between the authors’ team and the National Platform for Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (NP-SPBES) to present the outputs of the co-authors’ meeting and refine further the assessment’s policy questions as per the latest government policy demands and priorities. Trialogue provided unique dialogic space, a trusted, technical and interactive environment, where the authors were able to compare and contrast the initial results of their research, identify gaps, and critically reflect on the extent to which their research addresses the key policy questions and areas of interest identified by NP-SPBES.
Although the event was not attended by indigenous people and local communities (IPLC) groups, the Trialogue methodology guided the participants in reflecting on and incorporating the diverse views and perspectives of three communities of science, policy and practice into the discussions. Accordingly, three significant agreements were reached by NP-SPBES as a way forward of the BES Assessment:
Recognize explicitly IPLC for any data and information used in the assessment process, which are sourced through contributions from these groups;
Create a section in the assessment which is dedicated to the values of rich and diverse indigenous and local knowledge on BES; and
Adapt the IPBES-recognised “multiple-evidence based” approach, through which the representative members of IPLC can participate in the review of the Second Order Draft of the assessment.
For more details about the National Trialogue event, please click here.
Date: 15 April 2019
Building on the BES-Net Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience, Antigua and Barbuda Marine Ecosystems Protected Area (MEPA) Trust organized a national multi-stakeholder dialogue event on 27 February 2019 in partnership with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, the Forest Division of the Department of Environment of Antigua and Barbuda and the Beekeeping Cooperative. With the aim to make the conservation of pollinator species a national effort, the event brought together a wide range of participants from the government and non-government sectors to showcase good practices within the country and deliberate on how to make available knowledge and data on pollinators more accessible across the islands.
Based on the rich discussion and information sharing, the participants jointly came up with a set of key solutions to be pursued. These solutions are to strengthen and complement ongoing customary sustainable practices promoted by local communities which are beneficial for pollinators, while at the same time supporting livelihoods. The dialogue concluded with the key messages that urgent attention needs to be given to the methods of pest control and land clearing, as well as educating public about the importance of the pollinators in sustaining the natural ecosystems in Antigua and Barbuda.
The dialogue event was made possible with the financial support of SwedBio and Forest Peoples Program.
For more details about the sharing event, please click here.
Date: 05 March 2019
Ruth Spencer, the Coordinator of the GEF/SGP in Antigua
The European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) has created its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration.
The course aims to equip learners from environmental, business or other backgrounds with practical tools to advance sustainable and business-driven landscape restoration. It moves the participants from ideation towards the successful implementation of a new business model for sustainable landscape restoration with four returns: return of inspiration, return of natural and social capital and return of financial capital.
This course builds upon the first MOOC, and zooms in on the potential for a positive role of business model innovation for landscape restoration, highlighting vision formulation, systems analysis, stakeholder analysis, opportunity analysis, business model design, solution validation, assessment and monitoring, and reflection and iteration.
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Date: 22 February 2019
The SEED Awards team has launched the SEED Awards 2019. This year, up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The SEED Low Carbon Awards are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the SEED Africa Awards and SEED South Africa Awards are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.
The prize packages include, six months to one year of tailored capacity-building support with expert advice; profiling nationally and internationally; facilitates connections with valuable contacts; a dedicated business model replication support; matching grants up to 20,000 Euros.
Candidates can apply from 12 February until 02 April 2019, 23:59 Central European Time (CET) by logging on to the SEED application platform.
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Date: 22 February 2019
The Brazilian Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BPBES) and the InterAmerican Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is organizing a course on Scenarios and Modelling on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for human well-being from 01 to 14 July 2019 at the Hotel Fonte Colina Verde in São Pedro/SP, Brazil. Sponsored by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP), this course will gather a critical mass of young scientists to discuss scientific knowledge of relevance to society. The objective of the SPSAS Scenarios is to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge and practice in the area of scenarios and modelling in biodiversity and ecosystem services, and its relation to human wellbeing, including issues related to public policy. At the same time, it will be a contribution to building professional capacity to use the results of IPBES policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment. The application deadline is February 20th and there are 50 places for foreign students. For more information click here>
Date: 29 January 2019