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23 May 2018 As Cameroon joins the global community to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)  on the occasion of the 2018 International Day of Biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) organized the Mini Trialogue on Science Policy for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 22 May in Yaoundé with support of the BES-Net, GIZ and other partners. The event aimed to: Raise awareness of the critical role scientific information can play to improve decisions on species, ecosystems and biodiversity and to contribute to the national efforts to comply with the commitments under CBD; Raise awareness on the role of ecosystems in achieving the Cameroon Vision 2035, whilst providing greater climate resilience for national food security and agricultural production targets; and Secure national validation of the scoping report developed within the framework of the national assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services currently conducted under the BES-Net framework.    The Mini Trialogue event was opened by the MINEPDED Minister, Hon. Pierre Hele and participated by the wide range of stakeholders representing policy, science and practice communities. The event provided an opportunity to explore how valuable and diverse biological heritage in Cameroon drive development at the national and local level, by providing food security and improving the livelihood of local communities. The participants discussed the importance of scientifically informed policy/decision-making and reviewed the progress made thus far through the national biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment process. Implementation of the assessment work has been led by the Network For Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Africa (NESDA-CA), following the approach and conceptual framework developed by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and with technical backstopping support of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).     In support of the IPBES’s capacity-building rolling plan, the Government of Cameroon launched the French version of the Summary for Policy Makers for the Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production and presented the findings and recommendations of other recently approved thematic/regional assessments during the mini-Trialogue.     The event was held back-to-back with the joint meeting of the National Biodiversity Committee and the National Platform for Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 23 May, which deliberated further on the Mini-Trialogue outputs and reflect on the options for a post 2020 national strategy for biodiversity as a critical process to inform the post 2020 global biodiversity agenda setting.    
Date: 23 May 2018
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  16 May 2018 By  Katja Heubach; Beraterin im Project ValuES / Advisor ValuES project Following the successful release of the Regional Assessment report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa at the IPBES-6 in Medellin, Colombia in March, experts from the African region had held a unique type of workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in April. Co-organised by the Minister of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD), Swiss Research and Scientific Center (CSRS), WABES, WASCAL, UFZ, PROFIAB and ValuES, supported by the IPBES Secretary, this workshop was the first of this kind in the world. The three-day intensive workshops dialogues focused on how to draw lessons from the IPBES regional assessment and raised questions on how to better inform national governments. During the event, some 40 participants from seven French-speaking African countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad) discussed about adequate strategies and tools to make use of the IPBES assessment report including, for example, the establishment of national platforms to coordinate country-level activities. The participants concluded with draft roadmaps sketching out how they are planning to use the assessment results at the national level. The results of the workshop and lessons learned from the process itself form the basis for further such consultation processes of IPBES and its partner structures. For more information, contact: Katja Heubach, ValuES; Hans-Ulrich Caspary, PROFIAB Read more: http://www.environnement.gouv.ci/actualite.php?rd=598 http://www.csrs.ch/detail_articles.php?idArt=210    
Date: 18 May 2018
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20 March 2018 Nature and biodiversity are the first victims of a peace agreement, especially in the first two years following the end to armed conflict. That is why there is an ecological imperative and urgency in Colombia to work on the linkages between peace and environment. This compelling call to action was made by Wendy Arenas, the Advisor to the Presidential High Council for Post-Conflict, during the dialogue workshop held in Medellin in the margin of the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES6), to launch Colombia´s first ever National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA). Using the guidance developed through the IPBES, NEA intends to deliver a robust evidence base of the interface between ecosystems, biodiversity and human well-being in Colombia.     Left to right : Angela Andrade, Wendy Arenas, Pippa Heylings, Claudia Martinez, Jose Manuel Sandovar  A full house of around 120 people gathered to engage in a dynamic TV talk-show type dialogue between the group of experts for the assessment and a panel. That included Wendy Arenas, Jose Manuel Sandoval, the Director for Green Growth in the National Planning Department, Angela Andrade, the Chair of IUCN´s Ecosystem Management commission and Claudia Martinez, Board member of the Green Climate Fund. This dialogue workshop on Colombian Biodiversity: From Knowledge to Decision-Making was, in essence, a mini Trialogue co-organized by the Humboldt Institute and the Regional Authority of Corantioquia in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), with the support of BES-Net.   Rosario Gomez, the National Coordinator of the NEA process, welcomed the innovative methodology of the BES-Net Trialogues to open up  dialogue  with key political stakeholders and find ways for the Ecosystem Assessment to contribute to Colombia´s overarching policies of Peace and Green Growth. The dialogue workshop was designed and facilitated by Pippa Heylings, the BES-Net Global Facilitator for the Trialogues. This event was a joint effort in engaging key policymakers in ways that can promote policy uptake of assessment findings. This highlights the importance of timing of the Trialogue methodology. Trialogues can (and should) be held at different strategic moments of an ecosystem assessment process - not only at the end of the process once the final assessment report is ready. Building on the momentum generated by this initial event, the BES-Net team continues to work with UNEP-WCMC and the Colombian National Assessment team to identify the strategic moments and opportunities for full-fledged Trialogue to help further overcome the science-policy-practice divide. 
Date: 22 March 2018
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12 March 2018 On the occasion of the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES6), a report was developed, setting out a consolidated progress on the support by UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP to the work of IPBES and its secretariat since #IPBES5. The report outlines the UNDP’s support through BES-Net initiative... Read more  
Date: 09 March 2018
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The first BES-Net Trialogue was held in Sarajevo in October 2017 to reach a common agenda for action around pollinators in Eastern Europe as the driver to foster links between ecosystem services, agriculture and rural development in the region. The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network’s (BES-Net) Trialogue provides a constructive space for the three communities of policymakers, scientists and practitioners to learn together and fostering inter-cultural understanding and interinstitutional coordination around biodiversity/ecosystem issues of common concern. 
Date: 10 January 2018
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The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on land degradation and restoration. Your stories will be reviewed and, once approved, shared on the BES-Net portal in a Good Practice Repository to become available in early 2018. In addition, select submissions may be included in upcoming BES-Net newsletters and in BES-Net land degradation and restoration event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) defines land degradation as the reduction or loss, in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rainfed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as: Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water Deterioration of the physical, chemical and biological or economic properties of soil Long-term loss of natural vegetation. Land restoration is defined as reversing land degradation processes by conversion to restorative land uses, adoption of recommended management practices and changes to enhance land resilience and restore soil productivity and ecosystem services. Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:   Key threats to land-based ecosystems and solutions Solutions should examine opportunities to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks, threats and impacts associated with land degradation. Land use change and its impact on land degradation and restoration Solutions that address land use change, including the conversion of land areas to farmlands, pastures, human settlements and urban areas, which can result in land degradation, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. Land degradation, restoration and indigenous and local knowledge Solutions should capture and engage various existing concepts and perspectives related to land degradation and restoration, and recognize diverse knowledge systems with a focus on representing indigenous and local knowledge. Land degradation impacts on other natural resources Solutions should address land degradation impacts on other resources such as freshwater, floodplains, wetlands and coastal systems. The focus is on how these ecosystems relate to the provision of services to people – food and water security, and exposure to natural hazards. Land degradation and restoration financing solutions Examples of solutions include financing solutions that have been adopted including public and/or private financing solutions. Land restoration solutions Examples of solutions include land restoration activities, policies and programs at various scales ranging from local to sub-national and national levels. Activities that support the Bonn Challenge, launched a global effort in 2011 to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020, should be highlighted. Climate change and its relation to land degradation and restoration Examples of solutions include targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase biodiversity. Eligibility All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.   Language The good practices can be submitted in English, Spanish and French.    Submission Guidelines In order to submit your proposal, we invite you to please review these details on submission and use the Good Practice template available here. All submissions should be sent to Marta Panco at marta.panco@undp.org as word documents using the template provided.  
Date: 11 December 2017
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