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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:

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:  


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).



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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