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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.  For more information please click here =>  
Date: 22 February 2019
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SEED Awards Team
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
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The Equator Initiative is inviting nominations for the Equator Prize 2019. The winners will join a prestigious network of 223 leading community-based organizations from 78 countries. This year’s prize will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous peoples’ initiatives that advance nature-based solutions to climate change. To access the online nomination system, please visit prize.equatorinitiative.org. Nominations may be submitted in Arabic, Chinese, english, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Deadline for nomination is 26 Feb 2019.
Date: 25 January 2019
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Equator Initiative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Coalition of the Willing
Representatives from national governments, regional and international organizations and other key stakeholders from around the world have come together to attend the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from 17-29 November, in Sham El Sheikh, Egypt. Participants are expected to renew the ambition to achieve global biodiversity targets by 2020 and begin roadmap for negotiations of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.   At the backdrop of this important event, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators: ‘Promote Pollinators’ organized a Sign-up Event on the 14th of November for new member countries to join and expand the dedicated efforts among the committed members to protect pollinating species threatened with extinction. On the 18th of November, another workshop on the use of data to protect pollinators hosted by prof Koos Biesmeijer was held and older members shared the developments on data for pollinators in their countries.  The Dominican Republic is one of the Promote Pollinators members and was the host of the BES-Net’s recent Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience held in September in Santo Domingo. Prof. Jose Rafael Almonte Perdomo, IPBES National Focal Point in the Dominican Republic, attended the sessions and presented how the Trialogue event helped enhance mutual understandings of pollinators’ roles among the communities of science, policy and practice, and strengthened their joint commitments towards the sustainable management and use of local pollinator species. The achievement by the seven participating countries at the Trialogue, who are also IPBES member states in the region, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, was highly acknowledged and welcomed as the establishment of the ‘Caribbean Coalition of the Willing’.     
Date: 19 November 2018
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The URBES project (BiodivERsA 2010-2011 call) has been awarded the opportunity to present their work in the animated video part of the first BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact. This prize acknowledges the excellent, pioneering research performed in URBES. The project demonstrated, for the first time at this scale, the importance and value of ecosystem services and nature-based solutions provided by urban biodiversity in European cities, enabling authorities to work with these concepts part of their urban planning strategies. Check it out here: “What’s the role of nature? Scientists involved in the URBES project inspire sustainable urban planning for people and nature.”.
Date: 12 October 2018
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New online platform to track pollinators and pests in the Caribbean Building on the discussions during the BES-Net’s Caribbean Regional Trialogue, an interactive online platform was established to jointly track pollinators and pests of plant species across the countries in the Caribbean region. This initiative encourages people to take photos of the animal species on plants they see in the gardens, fields, school, etc., and upload on the platform as ‘citizen scientists’ to help scientists record and identify pollinators and pests across the countries. "The idea is to create a community of pollinator citizen scientists”, said Dr. Lena Dempewolf, who used the iNaturalist platform to create the Caribbean pages for data input. “It is a collaborative effort between different people which will help educate the general public, including school children and farmers. It brings everybody together to increase awareness and knowledge of useful pollinators and harmful pests. The data coming out of the initiative is free and can be used for the government policymaking and scientific research.”  The pilot sites are open in Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia and Grenada, and the available data is also viewable at the regional level. In Trinidad and Tobago, a flyer was produced by the Ministry of Planning and Development to promote the effort as part of the country’s Vision 2030 Initiative.      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. 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 Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) Thematic Assessments into policy, planning and on-the-ground programmes and projects.   The Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience was organized on 4-6 September 2018 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the aim to raise awareness of the findings of the IPBES Thematic Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production and promote policy uptake of the report’s recommendations in the Caribbean region, particularly the seven IPBES Member States in the Caribbean region: Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Date: 24 September 2018
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BES-Net First Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development in Eastern Europe: Summary Video

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 co

Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the event “Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal” took place at the Convention of Biological Diversity COP13. Presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the event, which reviewed a new, cutting-edge platform to build capacity and promote global dialogue among science, policy and practice.

Sturle Hauge Simonsen Interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for BES-Net

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Head of Communications at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) following the formal launch event at CDB COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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