What We Do

BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity-building work of IPBES. The Network focuses on building evidence at the national level for informed decision-making on sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services, capitalizing on the accumulated knowledge of best practices and challenges in the field and bringing practitioners into the science-policy arena.

How We Work

BES-Net leverages the capacities of its network of partners, including governments, research institutions, community-based organisations and indigenous peoples’ groups, among others, to implement its work. BES-Net’s activities complement each other, focusing on evidence (national ecosystem assessments), dialogue and collaboration (Trialogues), inclusive knowledge-building (indigenous and local knowledge) and on-the-ground solutions (BES Solution Fund).

Thematic Areas

BES-Net aligns its work with the themes highlighted in the IPBES assessments. Over the years, BES-Net’s work has revolved around the following themes:

BES-Net’s thematic focus will expand as the IPBES assessments are released, such as the assessments on sustainable use of wild species, values, nexus, transformative change, biodiversity and business.

National Ecosystem Assessments

National policy-setting and decision-making processes often do not take the true value of biodiversity and ecosystem services fully into account. Ecosystem assessments can deliver an evidence base that meets the needs of different sectors and encourages integration. BES-Net’s support towards national ecosystem assessments is coordinated by UNEP-WCMC, with the support of UNESCO in fostering the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities and UNDP in enhancing the science-policy-practice dialogue in the process.

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National Activities

Countries implementing their national ecosystem assessments undertake many activities and produce a variety of outputs that strengthen the interface of knowledge and policy around biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Global Activities

UNEP-WCMC’s NEA Initiative organizes a wide variety of activities for its partners around the world to support the implementation of ecosystem assessments and the integration of their findings in decision-making and policy processes.


The Trialogue methodology is an innovative, state-of-the-art approach that fosters trust, co-creation and collaboration among actors in the science, policy and practice communities. Tapping into the five senses, learning by doing and bringing together scientific, traditional and local knowledge, Trialogues offer a platform for policymakers, practitioners and researchers to design solutions together and influence decision-making. BES-Net’s work on the Trialogues is coordinated by UNDP GC-RED and country offices.

Regional Trialogues

Regional Trialogues aim at integrating findings and recommendations from the IPBES Thematic Assessments into policy, planning and on-the-ground programmes and projects.

National Trialogues

At the national level, Trialogues create a platform for a three-way collaboration among science, policy and practice, building capacity for decision-making and implementing biodiversity solutions.

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Indigenous and Local Knowledge

At least a quarter of the world’s land area is owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities. BES-Net’s work prioritizes the inclusion of indigenous and local voices into biodiversity-related decision-making, promoting their participation in Trialogues and National Ecosystem Assessments.

BES Solution Fund

BES-Net channels catalytic seed funds towards implementing biodiversity solutions and recommendations emerging from the IPBES assessments and the National Ecosystem Assessments. These funds will be used for national and local activities, kickstarting coordinated implementation of solutions.

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