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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:!



BES-Net First Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development in Eastern Europe

The first-ever Regional Trialogue occurred in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 18th October to 20th October 2017. This event aimed to reach a common agenda for action around pollinators and its importance for food security and rural development in Eastern Europe.

Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the event “Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal” took place at the Convention of Biological Diversity COP13. Presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the event, which reviewed a new, cutting-edge platform to build capacity and promote global dialogue among science, policy and practice.

Sturle Hauge Simonsen Interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for BES-Net

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Head of Communications at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) following the formal launch event at CDB COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico.


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