Pursuing pollinator-friendly pathways during COVID-19: experiences from BES-Net’s Regional Trialogues

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is collaborating with Promote Pollinators to host a webinar that draws lessons on pollination from BES-Net’s Regional Trialogues. The virtual event will be on December 1st, 2020 at 19:00 EAT (15:00 CET). 
Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators requires commitment and support from all the stakeholders across sectors and organizations. Since the release of the landmark IPBES thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production in 2016, BES-Net has been promoting the uptake of the assessment, using the science-policy-practice dialogue approach such as the Eastern Europe Regional TrialogueCaribbean Regional Trialogue, Anglophone Africa Regional Trialogue and Central Asia Regional Trialogue.
The webinar will provide an opportunity to learn how the countries that have participated in the Regional Trialogues integrated the IPBES assessment findings and messages into policymaking processes, scientific research and on-the-ground programmes and projects, and how these efforts are implemented in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The speakers on BES-Net Regional Trialogues include:
  • Anne Juepner, Director of the UNDP Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification
  • Ena Hatibović, National Ecosystem Assessment Project Officer, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Lena Dempewolf, Biodiversity Specialist at the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit, Environmental Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sikeade Egbuwalo, ministry of the Environment of Nigeria and CBD National Focal Point for Nigeria
  • Ustemirov Kayrat Zhangabylovich, Advisor to the Chairman of the Committee of Forestry and Wildlife, Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ruth V Spencer, Antigua & Barbuda
The webinar will also include a presentation and a panel discussion on the recently published IPBES workshop report on biodiversity and pandemics, followed by deliberations on the links between pandemic risk, its drivers and its potential relevance for pollinators and pollination.

The webinar is open to the public. Register here.

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BES-Net Team