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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.

Eligibility
All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
 
Language
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 marta.panco@undp.org as word documents using the template provided.
 

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) invites you to submit good practices and success stories on pollinators, pollination and food security. 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 the BES-Net Pollinator Trialogue event-related documents to be released in early 2018. The authors will be mentioned as contributors in the publication.

Please choose one or more following response options (solutions) to frame and write the story on your good practice:
 

  • Pesticides and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: Raise standards of risk assessment and regulations of pesticide use. Reduce usage, seek alternative forms for pest control (IPM), train farmers and land users in good practices. Adopt technologies to reduce spray drift and dust emission.
  • Land use change and its harm to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: provide food and nesting resources for pollinators; manage or restore habitat patches; establish protected areas, increase habitat heterogeneity favoring diverse gardens and landscape.
  • Intensive agricultural management and the danger to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: create patches of flower rich habitats, support organic farming, and strengthen existing diversified farming systems, rewards farmers for good practices.
  • Genetically modified (GM) crops and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: raise standards of risk assessment for approval of GM crops and quantify the indirect and sub lethal effects of GM crops on pollinators
  • Pathogens, pests and their threat to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: improve management of bee husbandry, better disease detection and treatment, breeding programmes for disease resistance, improve regulations for trade and mass breeding (nationally and internationally).
  • Climate change and its relation to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: targeted habitat creation or restoration to manage refuges and connectivity and increase crop diversity (many of these are largely untested).
  • Invasive alien species and the danger to pollination
    • Examples of solutions include: policies and practices to prevent new invasions. Eradication after invasion is rarely successful and very costly.

Eligibility:
All individuals, communities and organizations are eligible and invited to this opportunity to submit their good practices.
 
Language
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 marta.panco@undp.org as word documents using the template provided.

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 https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=TSCWS-2017-02.
 

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 bifa@gbif.org.

 

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: bluesolutions@giz.de!

 

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 BiodivERsA partners are pleased to have recently joined BES-net in light of a wider approach to collaborate in support of international research and policy-making on biodiversity. BiodivERsA is a partnership of European programmers and funders of research on biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions in Europe. Building on a shared vision and strategy, BiodivERsA partners program joint calls for transdisciplinary research advancing science, society and policy. The partnership also develops a great diversity of activities ranging from research mapping and programming, to stakeholder engagement, dissemination of projects’ outputs and knowledge brokerage.

BiodivERsA has collaborated with IPBES on several levels, with MEP members joining the Partnership’s Advisory Board, through contributions to the BiodivERsA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, and in proactively contributing knowledge to on-going IPBES assessments by means of syntheses and policy briefs.

Furthermore, BiodivERsA partners have launched in October 2017 an international call for research proposals on biodiversity scenarios jointly with the Belmont Forum and the European Commission. This joint action was designed based on a number of identified gaps and priorities, including those pinpointed throughout the IPBES methodological assessment on the topic and will support research that is expected to generate additional new knowledge useful in the IPBES and BES-Net context.
 

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.