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The Community of Practice on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) invites you to participate in their regional contest on Demonstrating evidence of Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Cases in Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN Environment REGATTA and Practical Action are interested in documenting good examples of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in Latin America and the Caribbean, where implementing EbA technologies and practices contribute to adaptation to climate change. The objective of this contest is to document and disseminate successful stories on the implementation of EbA technologies and practices. Ten case studies will be selected to be included in the publication of the book: "Evidence on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Cases in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Send your case study by 20th of April 2017. Click here for more details on the regional contest and application process, and for any questions please contact Dr. Lili Ilieva: lili.ilieva@solucionespracticas.org.pe.

 

No. 4. March 2017

A Word from the BES-Net Team

                 
 

About BES-Net

BES-Net is a capacity building "network of networks" that promotes dialogue among science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well being and sustainable development. Find out more here.

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New publication by the Ecosystem Marketplace found out that “in just two years, the total private capital committed to conservation investments jumped by 62%, to a total committed private capital of $8.2 billion tracked from 2004 to 2015.” Additionally, the report reveals that “public sector investment in conservation remained at a much larger scale than private sector investment, with a reported $31.7B tracked across the years 2009-2015.” Source: State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016. 

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BES-Net Partners

The Network now counts 84 organizations that play a key role in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.  Contact us at info@besnet.world should you want to join.

Dear Members of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network,

The team is just back from the fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-5), where a new capacity building rolling plan was adopted by the platform. UNDP/BES-Net is looking forward to contributing to the rolling plan as the key UN Partner for capacity building in IPBES.

The need to support the uptake of the IPBES assessments was also highlighted by many governments during IPBES-5. In this context, we are looking forward to the first BES-Net Regional Trialogue – funded by the German IKI and to be hosted this year in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to support the uptake of the IPBES assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production.

Lastly, would like to warmly welcome and introduce our new BES-Net partners, BSPIN and Oppla. BSPIN is an initiative of a group of young scientists dealing with issues of biodiversity-related science-policy interfaces, whereas Oppla is a knowledge marketplace where the latest thinking on ecosystem services, natural capital and nature-based solutions is brought together.

The BES- Net Team

 

Highlights from BES-NET Partners

Join the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators

Pollinators play a key role in the conservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, food production and the global economy. The effects of current human activities hamper animal pollination. Join Promote Pollinators, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, for the conservation of pollinators and their habitats.

The coalition believes that country-led politics can foster policy measures and innovative action on protecting pollinators. National pollinator strategies are an important tool for the conservation of pollinators. The coalition is reaching out to new partners with the aim of continuously expanding our common efforts and of sharing knowledge and innovations. Main ambitions are to improve current conditions for pollinators and maintain pollination, to transform agricultural landscapes and to transform society’s relationship with nature. The partners of the coalition want to put the key findings of the IPBES report into execution. 

Please visit http://www.promotepollinators.org for more information and contact the coalition at info@promotepollinators.org.

Survey on EbA-relevant Valuation Methods

The BMUB-IKI funded global project ‘Mainstreaming EbA', implemented by GIZ, is carrying out a short online survey which seeks to collect information about applied methods for assessing and measuring EbA benefits delivered by ecosystem services. The survey aims to identify best practices which can support decision-makers to mainstream EbA into policy and planning processes. To participate in the survey, please click here.

IPBES Scenarios Survey

The intent of this survey is to collect input for the short and long-term work on scenarios and models by the IPBES Expert Group on Scenarios and Models and the wider scientific community. The survey asks respondents to identify a variety of policy and management options that can promote biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people and human well-being. You can participate here.

The Biodiversity Convention Launches the Bio-Bridge Web Platform for Technical and Scientific Cooperation

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has launched a Bio-Bridge Web Platform to further promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer for the effective implementation of Convention and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. The platform is accessible at http://www.cbd.int/biobridge/platform.

Governments, indigenous peoples and local communities and other stakeholders interested are invited to use the web platform to submit, as appropriate, requests for technical assistance, express interest to offer such assistance, or announce opportunities for technical and scientific cooperation. The platform will also facilitate access to a wide range of knowledge assets and curated resources and support knowledge sharing through online discussion forums.

For more information, please visit the Bio-Bridge website at http://www.cbd.int/biobridge or send an e-mail to biobridge@cbd.int.

The CBD Secretariat Launches an E-Learning Platform for Biodiversity

At he Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has launched a Biodiversity e-Learning Platform, accessible at http://scbd.unssc.org. This platform was developed in response to request from Parties to promote the use of advanced technologies to further enhance capacity building, technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer.

The platform provides a one-stop-access to e-learning modules and courses on topics related to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. The modules are developed by the Secretariat in collaboration with partner organizations.

Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities and the public are encouraged to visit the platform and complete relevant e-learning modules available. Participants will be able to download certificates for each module they complete.

For more information please contact the Secretariat at e-learning@cbd.int.

GBIF Opens Final BID Call for Proposals from Sub-Saharan Africa

GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. This call seeks to support those projects from Sub-Saharan Africa which focus on the following areas: 1) Mobilizing biodiversity data, 2) Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections, 3) Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research, or 4) Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse. The submission deadline is 9th April 2017. More details on the application procedure here.

UNDP Releases a Photo-Essay on the Implementation of Sustainable Ecosystem Management in Cuba

The photo-essay presents the results achieved by the Government of Cuba, in cooperation with UNDP and Global Environmental Facility GEF, in implementing a sustainable management of the Sabana-Camagüey Ecosystem. This project laid the ground for Cuba, partnering with UNDP and GEF, to build its current portfolio of interconnected environmental projects; from sustainable land management to ridge-to-reef approaches to ecosystem conservation, protection of mountain watersheds, management of invasive alien species, and ecosystem based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The photo essay is available online.

MedPAN Publishes the Main Findings on the Status of the Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean

MedPAN and RAC/SPA conducted an assessment on the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) on Mediterranean. Based on the report, the coverage of MPA’s on Mediterranean is increasing year by year, accounting currently to approximately 7% of the sea’s surface. The full report will be published in the first quarter of 2017, but the main findings are already available online here.

Conservation International Launches New Fellowship Initiative for Dedicated Conservationists

Conservation International (CI) announced a new fellowship initiative called “Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship Program”. It will offer a full-time paid position and travel up to two years for scientists and conservationists dedicated to saving nature and building healthier planet. The selected fellows will have an access to resources, professional development, participation to CI programs as well as a change to work with CI and its partners to tackle critical conservation issues. Read more about the fellowship here.

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Tip of the Month on the BES-Net Web Portal

Did you know you can customize the frequency of BES-Net mail notifications to your preference?

To do so, you just need to access your dashboard, click on “EDIT PROFILE” and adjust the “frequency of notifications” field.

Enjoy!
 

Jobs and Internships

Programme Officer on Livelihoods and Environmental Crime at UNODC (31. March 2017 - Vienna, Austria)
This position focuses in the planning, organization, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the UNODC sustainable livelihoods, alternative development, environmental crime and conservation strategies, policies and programs. Detailed description of the position is available here.

 

Forest Social Science Intern at WWF (15. April 2017 - Washington, D.C., US)
WWF is looking for a motivated intern to assist in the development of methods and instruments which will be used to strengthen their community forest monitoring program. The position requires strong data management and statistical analysis skills, with demonstrated experience on handling forest inventory and household survey datasets. More information and application details are available here.

 

Environmental Officer at UNHCR (30 June 2017 - Geneva, Switzerland)
UNHCR is hiring an Environmental Officer to assist the UNHCR emergency team in mainstreaming environmental factors into the refugee-hosting arrangements as well as to enhance the implementation of environmental interventions as soon as possible during the emergency phase of a response. Find out more and apply here.

 

Other Job Opportunities
The BES-Net web-portal provides access to a list of jobs and internships available in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

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The BMUB-IKI funded global project "Mainstreaming EbA," implemented by GIZ, is currently carrying out a short (10 question) online survey seeking to collect information about applied methods for assessing and measuring EbA benefits (social, environmental, economic) delivered by ecosystem services, especially on storm damage protection, flood protection, drought control, control of landslides, waterflow regulation and water storage. The aim is to identify best practices and lessons learned that can serve to enhance future work to strengthen the ability of decision-makers to mainstream EbA into policy and planning processes.

GIZ is hoping to learn about studies which:

  • Assess, evaluate or measure the benefits and impacts of ecosystem based adaptation (EbA);
  • Compare or contrast EbA benefits and impacts with those of ‘grey’ adaptation infrastructure; and/or
  • Assess, evaluate or measure ecosystem services which relate to climate adaptation (e.g. watershed protection, drought mitigation, flood control, coastal protection, disaster-risk reduction, etc.).

These could be any type of study, for example: technical investigations, project planning or appraisal processes, advocacy or awareness campaigns, training and capacity building exercises, case studies or academic research. They might have been carried out by projects, international organisations, government agencies, NGOs, research institutes, universities, consultants or the private sector.

Results will be compiled as a publicly available sourcebook of EbA-relevant valuation methods but also feed into a toolbox of EbA-relevant methods being set up in coordination with the IIED/IUCN/UNEP-WCMC implemented project "Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): Strengthening the evidence and informing policy."

Click here to participate in the survey.

 

The IPBES Expert Group on Scenarios and Models is conducting a survey to identify a variety of policy and management options that can promote biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people and human well-being. Respondents' input will be used both for a short term activity to improve existing scenarios and models for the global assessment and the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook and for long-term activities for developing a new generation of IPBES scenarios in support of the work of IPBES and decision-makers at all levels. Click here to participate in the survey.

 

GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), a programme funded by the European Union. The deadline for submissions is 9 April 2017 at midnight CET/23:00 UTC/GMT.

The total potential funding assigned to this call is €400,000, and applicants successful in this round will receive invitations to submit full proposals in May 2017.

This call, like those that preceded it, seeks to support projects from sub-Saharan Africa that:

  • Mobilize biodiversity data relating to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species
  • Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data
  • Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research
  • Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse

The call offers support for two grant types:

  • National grants that establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and to increase the biodiversity data available about the country to respond to national priorities. Up to €40,000 will be made available per national grant.
  • Small grants that mobilize biodiversity data relevant for biodiversity conservation priorities, with a maximum funding of €20,000.

Application process and timeline:

  • A panel of international experts with experience in the region will evaluate applications through a competitive two-stage process.
  • Applicants must submit initial concept notes using the provided template by 9 April 2017.
  • Based on the panels’ recommendations, GBIF will invite a select group of applicants to prepare full proposals, expected to be due in July 2017.
  • Following the panel’s final review and selection, funded projects will start in October 2017. GBIF expects to announce these projects publicly by November 2017.

More information available online here.

 

The Equator Initiative partnership is pleased to announce the Equator Prize 2017 Call for Nominations!

The Equator Prize is awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.

For eligibility and selection criteria, please visit the Equator Initiative website at www.equatorinitiative.org. You can find the new nomination system at http://prize.equatorinitiative.org. The call for nominations in 8 languages is downloadable here.
 
Please note that the nomination deadline is 8 March 2017. This is a shorter nomination period than in previous cycles of the award.
 
This year’s winners will feature innovative solutions related to protecting, restoring and/or sustainably managing nature to achieve local sustainable development, such as (but not limited to) food security, water security, sustainable jobs and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Crosscutting issues include advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality.
 
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Equator Initiative will launch a web portal of local nature-based solutions to sustainable development. The platform will serve to connect communities around the world and share local solutions that work, irrespective of whether they win the Equator Prize. Participation is optional when submitting nominations for the Equator Prize.
 
Please contact Martin Sommerschuh at martin.sommerschuh@undp.org with any questions.

 

We are excited to announce the launch of UNDP's Ecosystem and Biodiversity Newsletter!

This newsletter has been designed to highlight UNDP's work to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, improve lives and livelihoods, and build the strong institutions and strong nations needed to engineer a resilient and diverse future.

To read the first edition of the Ecosystem and Biodiversity Newsletter, click here.

Happy reading!

 

No. 3. January 2017

A Word from the BES-Net Team

                 
 

About BES-Net

BES-Net is a capacity building "network of networks" that promotes dialogue among science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well being and sustainable development. Find out more here.
 

Did you know?

"Given that pollinator-dependent crops rely on animal pollination to varying degrees, it is estimated that 5-8 per cent of current global crop production, with an annual market value of $235 billion-$577 billion (in 2015, United States dollars) worldwide, is directly attributable to animal pollination." Source: IPBES summary for Policy Makers of the assessment report on pollination, pollinators and food production.
 

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BES-Net Partners

The Network now counts 81 organizations that play a key role in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.  Contact us at info@besnet.world should you want to join.

Dear Members of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network,

The BES-Net Team extends their warm wishes to all of you in 2017. 2016 has been a very exciting year. It saw the establishment of BES-Net, with now 81 organizations on board that play a key role in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services for sustainable development and more than 91 experts, who have agreed to respond to questions posted online.

Another important milestone for the project was the launch of the BES-Net web portal during the CBD COP 13, held last month in Cancun, Mexico. The launch was received with overwhelming interest, with the video coverage of the launch by the IISD reporting Services being viewed by more than 10 000 people. Please visit the BES-Net Newsroom for more. There has also been great interest for BES-Net received through social media, with now more than 4 400  page likes for the BES-Net Facebook account.

In 2017, we are looking forward to implement the BES-Net Trialogues, facilitating fruitful discussions among the three BES-Net communities of policy, science and practice, and contributing to addressing specific policy issues to help unlock shifts in the development trajectory of societies towards sustainability. The first round of Trialogues, funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), will focus on specific science-policy questions of relevance to IPBES.

This year, among other work on gender and full inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge holders in the Trialogues, we also look forward to the development of a French version of the BES-Net web portal, thanks to support from SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

We would therefore like to thank all our donors and partners for their support so far, and are looking forward to the next phase of BES-Net!

The BES- Net Team

Highlights from BES-NET Partners

IPBES releases its thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

The assessment aims to assess animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service underpinning food production in the context of its contribution to nature's gifts to people and supporting a good quality of life report is available here. It has been endorsed by the CBD COP 13 and is available here, as is the corresponding summary for policy makers.

 

IPBES releases the laid-out version of the IPBES Scenarios and Models Assessment

The laid-out version of all chapters and their executive summaries of the IPBES methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services are now available to download on the IPBES website, together with the corresponding summary for policy makers.

 

Sharing Success in Ecosystem-based Adaptation: EbA Solution Portal Now Online

The EbA Solution Portal fosters sharing of field-proven knowledge and experience on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in different regions and ecosystems around the globe. It shows that inspiring and replicable solutions can be found everywhere on this planet and that EbA or "green solutions" are a state-of-the-art-reply to climate change impacts and deliver a multitude of benefits for societies, economies and environment.

This new global exchange platform under the PANORAMA initiative was officially launched at CBD CoP 13 in Cancún (for ENB IISD coverage of the event, click here). Now the portal is open to connect practitioners and decision makers and to solution providers from all countries, sectors and levels to share their stories and learn how others tackled challenges across the globe. For further information, please contact Mathias Bertram at mathias.bertram@giz.de.

 

BIOFIN 2016 Workbook release

At the CBD COP13 BIOFIN officially launched the new "2016 BIOFIN Workbook: Mobilizing resources for biodiversity and sustainable development" and the CBD-BIOFIN Regional Nodes. The objective of the CBD-BIOFIN Regional Nodes is to provide technical support for financial planning and reporting to non-BIOFIN pilot countries based on the new 2016 BIOFIN Workbook methodology. The 2016 Workbook includes all the improvement and lessons learnt from the countries to reach a more efficient and result-based methodology. The BIOFIN methodology helps countries to set out a national process to build inter-ministerial partnerships, engage with the private sector, generate baseline data and policy recommendations on existing finance levels and future needs, developing and implementing finance plans and solutions to address national finance needs.

 

IRD calls for projects as part of its SEP2D Programme

Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable” (SEP2D) is an IRD programme looking at supporting development and international cooperation in 22 tropical countries. It aims at promoting scientific research on plant biodiversity in the countries of the South, through partnerships with economic players, civil society and actors involved in policy.

Two calls for project are still active, APPEL 2 (OPP2) and APPEL 3 (PRP), with respective deadlines of 1 and 6 March 2017.

 

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Jobs and Internships

IPBES Postdoctoral Program at UNAM (17. Jan 2017 - Morelia, Mexico)
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) offers one postdoctoral position for a candidate who would like to pursue a career in international environmental policy and the multiple values of ecosystems and biodiversity. Find out more and apply here.

 

Programme Officer for Participation and Engagement at GBIF (31. Jan 2017 - Denmark)
The GBIF Secretariat, located in Copenhagen, seeks an experienced Programme Officer to provide vision and leadership in support for GBIF’s community of participating node teams around the world. For more details on the description of assignment and application click here.

 

Senior Programme Officer, Global Drylands Initiative at IUCN (01. April 2017 - Burkina Faso)
IUCN is recruiting a Senior Programme Officer West Africa (SPO) who is to lead the development of the GDI in the PACO region and ensure smooth delivery of a portfolio of projects, ensuring their alignment with the GDI programme strategy and IUCN’s wider programme. Find out more and apply here.

 

Other Job Opportunities
The BES-Net web-portal provides access to a list of jobs and internships available in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

 

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“Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable” (SEP2D) is an IRD programme looking at supporting development and international cooperation in 22 tropical countries. It aims at promoting scientific research on plant biodiversity in the countries of the South, through partnerships with economic players, civil society and actors involved in policy.

Two calls for project are still active, APPEL 2 (OPP2) and APPEL 3 (PRP), with respective dealdines of 1 and 6 March 2017.

 

What if we could learn from each other’s success? The EbA Solution Portal fosters sharing of field-proven knowledge and experience on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in different regions and ecosystems around the globe. It shows that inspiring and replicable solutions can be found everywhere on this planet and that EbA or “green solutions” are a state-of-the-art-reply to climate change impacts and deliver a multitude of benefits for societies, economies and environment.

This new global exchange platform under the PANORAMA initiative was officially launched at CBD CoP 13 in Cancún (for ENB IISD coverage of the event, click here). Now the portal is open to connect practitioners and decision makers and to solution providers from all countries, sectors and levels to share their stories and learn how others tackled challenges across the globe. For further information, please contact Mathias Bertram at mathias.bertram@giz.de.