Global networking and training opportunities

All contributors are encouraged to join the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) for global networking and training opportunities in support of the work of IPBES. BES-Net is a capacity sharing platform which promotes more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems by enhancing dialogue, interaction and coordination between science, policy and practice.

Contributors are also encouraged to join the Sub-global Assessment Network (SGAN). Through this network, contributors will benefit from guidance, training materials and experiences of other ecosystem assessments in progress within the Network; and receive information on webinars and other training events. WCMC supports the implementation of Objective two of the IPBES work programme through this network.

IPBES aims to promote effective engagement with stakeholders and the platform encourages the self-organisation of an inclusive, open-ended network of stakeholders. There are currently two active networks which contributors are encouraged to join:

  1. Open-Ended Network of IPBES Stakeholders (ONet), see registration process at ONet webspace.
  2. International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IIFBES). Contact [email protected] for further details.

 Caribbean networking, training and community of practice

Ecosystem valuation has been acknowledged as a key need in the Caribbean as chronicled in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Biodiversity and Ecosystems Framework (OECS-BEF) as well as the draft Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Biodiversity Strategy.  This gap has also been highlighted in a number of Caribbean country National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs). In this regard the Grenada NEA is under close scrutiny for possible replication across the Caribbean. It is specifically mentioned in the OECS-BEF as a possible template and launching pad for further national and regional initiatives for ecosystem valuation.  The Grenada NEA also builds regional technical capacity in ecosystem valuation as Grenada NEA authors are from across the region, thus can apply the expertise built under this initiative to their home countries.  It is also expected the  Grenada NEA will showcase successful options for engaging with decision makers with regards to ecosystem valuation.

Grenada NEA authors will be part of a Caribbean ecosystem valuation community of practice and junior authors will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from key Grenadian, regional and international experts in various fields related to ecosystem valuation. Specific training opportunities will also be provided through CANARI in its role as the project technical secretariat.