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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 was held from 18-20 October, 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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BES-Net Newsletter

The November 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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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.


Search or browse upcoming events relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services, ranging from trainings to national science-policy-practice dialogues and international meetings.


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
Postdoctoral scholar in China’s energy innovation policy The Fletcher School | Tufts University US, Massachusetts 11/30/2017
Postdoctoral scholar for climate policy work in Haiti and Puerto Rico. The Fletcher School | Tufts University US, Massachusetts 11/30/2017
Service Provider for Resource Mobilization Strategy The Table Mountain Fund TBD 12/01/2017

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity held a Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Africa, 7 - 9 November 2017, in Entebbe, Uganda. The Bio-Bridge Initiative was established during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, or COP12, to CBD in 2014 to facilitate implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Anne Juepner, Manager of BES-Net Project and Director of UNDP GC-RED, attended this round table event virtually and shared insights on the potential areas of collaboration between BES-Net and the Bio-Bridge Initiative. See the Presentation about the BES-Net Project and for more information about the Round Table, go to

The GBIF Secretariat has just invited the submission of initial concept notes for the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia or BIFA programme, which funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.

This call for proposals aims to address key challenges that GBIF nodes in Asia have identified in connection with the mobilization and use of biodiversity data in the region. The total potential funding assigned to this call is approximately €105,000, and applicants may request a maximum of €15,000 through BIFA for each project.

Three types of grants are included in the call:

Concept notes must be submitted to the GBIF Secretariat by 20 December 2017.

Read the call for proposals, learn more about the BIFA programme or contact the Secretariat with questions at


From 13-16 March, 2018, the Blue Solutions Initiative will host a 3.5-day fair in Thailand to foster international knowledge exchange and to accelerate action towards combatting climate change in the marine and coastal realm in Southeast Asia. 

Under the topic “Facing the rising tide: sustainable ways to combat climate change for resilient coastal communities and healthy marine ecosystems” practitioners can contribute specific challenges they face. The event will connect practitioners, policy makers and potential funders interested in supporting climate change initiatives to accelerate action and implementation.  

We are currently reaching out to marine practitioners in Southeast Asia to call for specific climate change related challenge they face in the marine realm. We will then invite selected applicants, resource persons, solution providers and donors with the objective to accelerate the implementation of projects, to obtain support for new initiatives and to facilitate networking.

The deadline for applications from marine practitioners (“solution seekers”) is November 19, 2017.

Click here for more information about the Blue Solutions Fair 2018 or get in touch:!


Date Event Location Organizer
24 November 2017 National Conference on Behavioural Ecology: Responses to Changing Climate Kachchh, Gujarat, India Ethological Society of India/Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
27 November 2017 Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Latin America and the Caribbean Bogota, Colombia. CBD Secretariat
4 December 2017 World Soil Day 2017 - Land, Soils and Science Brussels, Belgium EU Horizon 2020