1. Introduction

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that aims at promoting dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

BES-Net complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by aligning its activities with the IPBES global assessment themes and applying the related IPBES guidance documents. In implementing its mandate, BES-Net follows an inclusive approach, collaborates with Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and draws on the support of other partner organizations.

Online communication and networking support is part of the BES-Net initiative's core work. The BES-Net web portal provides a comprehensive knowledge resource library on biodiversity and ecosystems services, and a rich database of organizations and experts working on the IPBES thematic assessment areas. The latest news and updates from BES-Net and its network partners are also circulated via social media channels and disseminated through bi-monthly e-newsletters.

Since its official onset in 2016, the BES-Net community has been growing steadily, with some 100 institutional partners and over 800 registered individual web portal users. This survey is part of the mid-term review of the BES-Net initiative and is circulated to all the network partners and users. Your answer will be valuable and insights provided with helping us better understand how to improve the BES-Net online activities in the future.

This survey should take 5 minutes to complete. Your responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential. The information you provide will be used in summary form only and will not identify you as a participant of this survey.

We thank you in advance for your participation.