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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net)

Promoting dialogue between science, policy and practice, to build capacity for sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide

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First BES-Net Trialogue in B&H October 18-20, 2017

First BES-Net Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development to be held from 18-20 October, 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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BES-Net Newsletter

The September issue of the BES-Net newsletter is now available in our Newsroom
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BES-Net Knowledge Support

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BES-Net Networking Support

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BES-Net Matchmaking Support

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Latest

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Head of Administration and Human Resources ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (World Secretariat) Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 10/15/2017
Biodiversity Economics Professor Leipzig University Leipzig, Germany 10/15/2017
Risk Specialist Green Climate Fund Songdo, Incheon, Korea 10/15/2017

A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation. The GloFouling Partnerships project - a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - will address the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling, in other words, the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures.

The project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide guidance on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species.

Marine bio-invasions are the source of significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts that can affect fisheries, mariculture, coastal infrastructure and other development efforts, ultimately threatening livelihoods in coastal communities.

The GloFouling project will build on the success of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project, which worked to build capacity to implement IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The BWM treaty addresses the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species in the ballast water of ships. The GloFouling Partnerships project concept was approved by the GEF Council in May 2017, with a total funding of US$6.9 million earmarked for implementation. The project is now going through a detailed preparation phase to be resubmitted to the GEF for endorsement before implementation can commence. The full name of the new project will be “Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Minimize the Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling” (GloFouling Partnerships).

The GloFouling project preparation will be undertaken by the IMO Secretariat, which has invited interested Member States to inform the Secretariat of their intention to participate in the new project. Click here for more information about this project.

 

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn (Germany) has recently initiated a 5-year research project on the sustainability of the “Bioeconomy” funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The project STRIVE (Sustainable Trade and Innovation Transfer in the Bioeconomy) integrates multiple research disciplines to improve the knowledge base for the design of sustainable policies and investments in the Bioeconomy. For details, please visit: http://strive-bioecon.de.

Bioeconomy is the part of the economy that relies on biological resources, products, and principles. It is a new field of research driven by diverse expectations about how bio-based innovation could contribute (or not) to sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Please support the project by providing approximately 5 minutes of your time to help obtain a representative overview of how experts around the world expect key dimensions of the Bioeconomy to affect selected SDG dimensions.

To participate, click on link below and answer a brief set of questions focusing on your specific area of expertise:  

ONLINE SURVEY

The survey will be open until September 30th. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger.

 

PESC-4 was held 12-14 June 2017 in Vácrátót, Hungary. It was co-organised by the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Centre for Ecological Research (MTA-ÖK) and the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo), in collaboration with the IPBES technical support units (TSU) for capacity-building and for the assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and Central Asia, the Belgium Biodiversity Platform and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum.

60 participants coming from more than 30 countries gathered to learn more on the IPBES process and other regional initiatives building on IPBES work, such as BES-net upcoming trialogue for Eastern Europe. Government representatives attended a dialogue workshop with the authors of the assessment as part of the IPBES capacity-building programme, while the other stakeholders prepared a joint review of the technical chapters of the assessment, filling knowledge gaps when they could and suggesting ways to enhance the readability and policy-relevance of the assessment.

Find out more about the meeting and its outcomes on the ECA network website.

 

Date Event Location Organizer
18 October 2017 BES-Net Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina UNDP & Bosnia and Herzegovina (Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism)
24 October 2017 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum Paris, France OECD, Paris
24 October 2017 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum Paris, France OECD