BES-Net Trialogues bring together the three BES-Net communities of science, policy and practice in a participatory and constructive dialogue

Trialogue Approach

Trialogues are multi-stakeholder events that focus on specific policy priorities at the national and regional levels, strengthening the culture of dialogue to promote the science-policy-practice interface for sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Trialogues are unique in that they purposefully include the participation of practitioners – members of NGOs, community organizations, private sector, unions and indigenous peoples’ groups. This helps include all perspectives and builds a diverse set of evidence to make decisions.

Bridging the gap between scientific, traditional and other knowledge systems, a Trialogue contextualizes research and offers a common ground for action. It uses innovative methods to build a sense of community, including learning through experience and play, relying on five senses and offering semi-formal spaces for brainstorming new ideas.

To learn more about Trialogues, watch our explainer video in English, French or Spanish.

Regional Trialogues

At the regional level, Trialogues aim to strengthen the interface between science and traditional knowledge as well as between policy and practice, fostering regional commitment and collaboration. BES-Net has facilitated Regional Trialogues in five subregions around the world.

National Trialogues

At the national level, the Trialogue approach creates a three-way dialogue between scientists, policymakers and practitioners, building capacity for decision-making and implementing biodiversity solutions. BES-Net’s National Trialogues have been held in four countries thus far: Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya and Viet Nam.


After engaging in BES-Net’s Regional and National Trialogue events, participants and their partners proactively initiate the implementation of Trialogue Action Plans – tangible solutions developed during the Regional Trialogues to build commitment and capacity in their respective countries. Learn more about how Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago are implementing the BES Solution Fund here.

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Upcoming Trialogues

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Past Trialogues

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Viet Nam National Trialogue and Consultation Workshop

Hanoi, Vietnam Although Vietnam has hundreds of policies and regulations related to biodiversity conservation, it still lacks a comprehensive methodology and capacity for ecosystem assessment in the context of science-policy-practice…

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Central Asia Regional Trialogue

Almaty, Kazakhstan Target Countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan The Central Asia Region is currently faced with the challenge of land degradation and desertification. Natural landscapes and traditional fallows…

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Colombia National Trialogue

Bogota, Colombia. In preparation for the development of Chapter 5 “Indigenous and Local Knowledge” of the National Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (carried out with the IPBES methodology for…

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Anglophone Africa Regional Trialogue

Nairobi, Kenya Target countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia Land lies at the centre of political, social, and economic development in Anglophone Africa as land-based activities are fundamental to…

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Caribbean Regional Trialogue

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Target countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago The Caribbean Regional Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security…

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Eastern Europe Regional Trialogue

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Target countries: Albania, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro According to a recent global report on pollinators conducted by IPBES, 70% of the plants that we…

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