Project details

Name:Developing a Knowledge Network for EUropean expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors (
Abstract:Knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services is well advanced in the European scientific community,as demonstrated by many excellent projects and their scientific impact. However, on the global as well as theEuropean scale, there is a failure to communicate the knowledge gained into the policy-making process andsociety as a whole. Such communication efforts, must ensure that all relevant knowledge is accessible and thatall existing biodiversity research communities and other knowledge holders are involved in a network structurethat is linked to decision making bodies.The overall objective of the project is thus to develop a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Networkof Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy-makers and other societal actors. This network shall be open, transparent,flexible, equally accessible to all, independent, be scientifically- and evidence-based and have a robust structure.It will develop links to relevant clients to support the science-society interface in Europe and beyond.To achieve this, the project brings together expertise from all major biodiversity research fields (in the consortiumand beyond). Beginning with mapping the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe (WP1), the project willdevelop a prototype NoK, involving a wide number of institutions and networks in biodiversity research and policy(WP2). This prototype will then be used as a vehicle to carry out case studies in relevant policy fields (agriculture,biodiversity conservation, marine issues) in order to test and trial its functioning and effectiveness (WP3). Theexperience gained will be evaluated by an additional expert group within the project (WP4) in order to provideinput for developing a recommended design for a potential future Network of Knowledge (WP5). WP6 takes careof project management, and will ensure international cooperation and the proper communication with potentialclients of the network and the research community.