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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.

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Latest

Title Organization Location Deadline
Research Specialist, Land Systems Science/Economics University of California Santa Barbara, California, USA 09/29/2017
Bycatch Coordinator International Whaling Commission (IWC) Cambridge, UK or remote 09/29/2017
Environment Affairs Intern United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Incheon, South Korea 09/30/2017

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.

 

West African Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (WABES) is happy to announce the launch of its call for its MSc program in "Managing the Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for sustainable development in West Africa."

The program is a 2-year interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with broad, high-quality information and skills needed to facilitate the operation of science-policy interfaces such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), as a means for achieving sustainable development goals in West Africa. It will take place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and address participants from all 15 West African ECOWAS countries.

Click here for more information on the program or applying. Note that the deadline for applications is 31 August, 2017.

WABES is an initiative to facilitate networking and capacity-building across West Africa and beyond to support the IPBES Work Programme, in particular its assessments. WABES is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

 

Date Event Location Organizer
27 September 2017 Implementing Natura 2000 in forests: lessons learned and looking ahead Brussels, Belgium European Forest Institute
29 September 2017 FLARE Annual Meeting 2017 Stockholm, Sweden FLARE Network
29 September 2017 Beyond Doom and Gloom: Essentials to Move the Needle for Green Energy Webinar The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF)