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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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BES-Net at #IPBES6 Plenary session

BES-Net will participate in the #IPBES6 to be held on 17-24 March 2018 in Medellin, Colombia, to strengthen collaborative partnership with IPBES plenary and enhance collaboration with other partners

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BES-Net Newsletter

The January 2018 issue of the BES-Net newsletter is now available in our Newsroom
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BES-Net Knowledge Support

​BES-Net is a one-stop-shop for online learning and networking on a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem services themes
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BES-Net Networking Support

BES-Net provides various ways for you to connect to people working in the arena of biodiversity and ecosystem services
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BES-Net Matchmaking Support

Browse jobs and internships in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services advertised by Partners
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Thematic Areas

Use this one-stop-shop for online learning and networking on a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem services themes. Browse and share information, connect with experts, commission policy briefs and access knowledge that helps answer your specific questions.

Policy Support

Access the latest information on policy support tools and methodologies, not only to learn about the different elements of policymaking and implementation, but also to assess the potential usefulness of these resources in specific contexts.


Connect with scientists, knowledge holders, policymakers and practitioners and join a global conversation on capacity building in the arena of biodiversity and ecosystem services – start an online discussion with new contacts, poll and survey experts, and much more.


BES-Net will be involved in capacity building matchmaking activities, based on the needs of its Partners. You can now look for vacancies in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.


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Take advantage of all of the interactive features on BES-Net by becoming a registered user. In addition to accessing resources on biodiversity and ecosystem services, you will receive electronic newsletters and can engage with policymakers, scientists/knowledge holders and practitioners in an open dialogue.


Title Organization Location Deadline
Chief Executive The Institute for Regional Conservation Delray Beach, Florida, US 03/24/2018
Knobloch Professorship in Migration Ecology and Conservation University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming 03/25/2018
Ecosystem Services Officer BirdLife International Cambridge, UK 03/25/2018

On the occasion of the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES6), a report was developed, setting out a consolidated progress on the support by UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP to the work of IPBES and its secretariat since #IPBES5. The report outlines the UNDP’s support through BES-Net initiative... Read more  

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 coordination around biodiversity/ecosystem issues of common concern. 

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on land degradation and restoration. Your stories will be reviewed and, once approved, shared on the BES-Net portal in a Good Practice Repository to become available in early 2018. In addition, select submissions may be included in upcoming BES-Net newsletters and in BES-Net land degradation and restoration event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) defines land degradation as the reduction or loss, in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rainfed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as:

  • Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water
  • Deterioration of the physical, chemical and biological or economic properties of soil
  • Long-term loss of natural vegetation.

Land restoration is defined as reversing land degradation processes by conversion to restorative land uses, adoption of recommended management practices and changes to enhance land resilience and restore soil productivity and ecosystem services.
Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:

  • Key threats to land-based ecosystems and solutions
    • Solutions should examine opportunities to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks, threats and impacts associated with land degradation.
  • Land use change and its impact on land degradation and restoration
    • Solutions that address land use change, including the conversion of land areas to farmlands, pastures, human settlements and urban areas, which can result in land degradation, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.
  • Land degradation, restoration and indigenous and local knowledge
    • Solutions should capture and engage various existing concepts and perspectives related to land degradation and restoration, and recognize diverse knowledge systems with a focus on representing indigenous and local knowledge.
  • Land degradation impacts on other natural resources
    • Solutions should address land degradation impacts on other resources such as freshwater, floodplains, wetlands and coastal systems. The focus is on how these ecosystems relate to the provision of services to people – food and water security, and exposure to natural hazards.
  • Land degradation and restoration financing solutions
    • Examples of solutions include financing solutions that have been adopted including public and/or private financing solutions.
  • Land restoration solutions
    • Examples of solutions include land restoration activities, policies and programs at various scales ranging from local to sub-national and national levels. Activities that support the Bonn Challenge, launched a global effort in 2011 to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020, should be highlighted.
  • Climate change and its relation to land degradation and restoration
    • Examples of solutions include targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase biodiversity.

All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
The good practices can be submitted in English, Spanish and French. 
Submission Guidelines
In order to submit your proposal, we invite you to please review these details on submission and use the Good Practice template available here. All submissions should be sent to Marta Panco at as word documents using the template provided.

Date Event Location Organizer
28 March 2018 Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development Whiteknights campus of The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading,, UK UKCDS
2 April 2018 Landscape Governance Course Wageningen, The Netherlands Wageningen University/ICIFOR/CDI/ICRAF
3 April 2018 World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) Manchester, United Kingdom International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP)/Hamburg University of Applied Sciences/Manchester Metropolitan University