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BES-Net Monthly Blast

Hello from the Team!

Welcome to the new 2022 BES-Net Monthly Blast with a renewed focus on our network’s achievements and a strong commitment to addressing the biodiversity crisis! At BES-Net, we have revamped our website, where you can learn how we support the capacity building work of IPBES, build evidence at the national level for informed decision-making on biodiversity and promote innovative nature-based solutions on the ground. The new website also includes a rich library with the latest research on pollinator conservation, food productivity and security, biodiversity and ecosystem services and more.

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Partners’ Round-up

HiveTracks kicked off its new project on AI-Driven Climate-Smart Beekeeping for Women Advisory & Extension project in Lebanon to support women economic activities and improve the efficiency of pest and disease reporting. Learn more about the project here.

A SANBI-supported South African research team has identified a hitherto unknown moonshine worm - a bait worm species with great economic value for low-income or no-income fishers. The worm's origin is yet to be revealed through genetic research, but this identification will have significant conservation management implications. Read the full article and the story of the student who first correctly identified the worm here.

BiodivERsA and the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation and DG Environment) launched the European Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+. For in-depth information about Biodversa+ research programmes, funders and environmental policy actors and its five main objectives, see this Biodiversa+ presentation video and visit biodiversa.org.

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform announced the release of two new videos presenting the results of the 2 BiodivERsA-funded projects:

-The SPONFOREST project studied the potential of spontaneous forest regrowth on abandoned farmlands.

-The ENABLE project investigated the potential of green & blue infrastructure for improving liveability in cities.

In Georgia, UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) works with Tbilisi Zoo to rehabilitate bears. Three cubs - Kopala, Chopika, and Garrincha - were born free in the pristine forests of the Caucasus, then captured and subjected to the reckless cruelty of humans. Learn more about this work and see how you can contribute here

Learning to be Wild

Partners’ Publications

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shared updated guidelines providing useful information and suggestions for making beekeeping practices more sustainable. See the report here

UNEP-WCMC’s NEA Initiative released the document ‘‘The important role of national ecosystems assessments for addressing climate change’’, soft-launched during a UNFCCC COP26 side event focused on the Colombian experience. It highlights the different ways national ecosystem assessments can inform and advance policy and action for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The document is available online here.

The South African National Ecosystem Classification System (SA-NECS) Handbook focusing on the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine realms is now available online. See the publication here.

LIFE 4 Pollinators released a new handbook titled “Management for urban green spaces” that incorporates information and advice on how to make urban spaces pollinator-friendly. See the handbook here.

Save the date: Partners’ events

The Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGAN), in collaboration with the NEA Initiative at UNEP-WCMC, will launch a series of webinars to celebrate the publication of Vietnam, Cameroon, and Colombia’s national ecosystem assessments. The first webinar entitled “Global presentation of Vietnam’s National Ecosystem Assessment” will be held on 16 February 2022, 12:00 – 13:15 GMT. Register here.

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is pleased to announce the second Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference (EBR2022)! On 24 and 25 May 2022, EBR2022 will take you on a journey into the world of biodiversity data, standards and tools. Come learn about the latest developments in the world of Biodiversity Informatics, get familiar with initiatives such as GBIF, LifeWatch and DiSSCo, and discover how you can benefit from them. Interested? Information, registrations and call for submissions here.

The Society for Conservation Biology – Europe Section will organise the 6th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Prague, August 22-26, 2022. The theme of the meeting is “Biodiversity crisis in a changing world”. See more information on the conference here.

CEBioS, in collaboration with the Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité in Kisangani, DR Congo will organise the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin on March 6-10, 2023. The conference will address themes linking biodiversity, climate change and public health. For more information please see here.

Calls for Papers and Opportunities

The African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University is looking for postgraduate students (MSc/PhD) with an interest in undertaking research on wildlife economies in Africa. MSc students would start in early 2023, while PhD students can start at any time. Bursaries may also be available for African students. A list of possible research topics is available here: AWEI Bursaries Available | African Wildlife Economy Institute (sun.ac.za). Prospective students should submit research proposals to Dr J Baum at jbaum@sun.ac.za.

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases hosted at the World Health Organisation, GigaScience Press and GBIF, announced a call for authors to submit Data Release papers on vectors of human disease in a thematic series to be published in GigaByte Journal. Please click here for more details about the submission by 28 February 2022 and see the webinar recording here for more information.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) issued the call for nominations to the 2022 GBIF Young Researchers Award. 20 June 2022 is the deadline for receiving nominations from GBIF member countries for graduate students whose innovative research relies on biodiversity data. See details here.

2022 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge seeks open-data innovations for biodiversity! Call for submissions vying for €20,000 in prizes from the annual open-ended incentive competition. Check submission requirements and apply by 14 August 2022 here.

Partner of the Month

Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP): Scientists on a mission sowing seeds for change

A conversation with Rudolf de Groot, Sander Jacobs, and Zuzana Harmáčková from the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) about its role in bringing together over 3400 scientists committed to fighting biodiversity and climate crisis, the role of interdisciplinarity and gender mainstreaming in science, and why being part of a community like ESP or BES-Net is an antidote to the pandemic loneliness.

Read our latest Partner of the Month here

The Expert’s Corner: Making the Case for Conservation Optimism

by David Duthie, BES-Net Senior Knowledge Management Consultant

Read David’s article here

An Eye on IPBES

Review of the Second Order Draft of the Chapters and the First Order Draft of the SPM of the Invasive Alien Species Assessment

The second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control is open for external review until 15 February 2022. For more information, visit here.

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