Informed decision making for planetary wellbeing I: the challenge of science-policy-society interfacing in the European context
Convened by: Riikka Paloniemi, Marianne Darbi
Policy development in the environmental sector requires credible, timely, available and relevant scientific knowledge. In particular this is the case for knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in times of accelerating losses.
In the European Union there has been a long standing discussion over how to better organise the science-policy interface (SPI) on environmental issues in general and on biodiversity and ecosystem services in particular.1 At the same time Europe has a broad and diverse landscape of knowledge holders across academia and other domains, who work and act at multiple levels, from the local, sub-national and national level, where most biodiversity relevant decisions are taken, to the European level, where major framework decisions like the Nature Directives or the Common Agriculture Policy are formulated,2 and it is widely acknowledged that issues regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services are complex and often depend on a multitude of drivers, pressures and societal responses, requiring a broad array of knowledge from different stakeholders to understand and address them.3
Although a number of approaches to synthesize scientific findings on specific issues are well established (e.g., Dicks et al. 20144, Pullin et al. 20165), the complexity of the issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and the different kinds of questions that need to be addressed require a better articulation and mutual understanding between knowledge producers (including scientists) and knowledge users (including policy-makers).
The session aims to reflect on these approaches and challenges of science-policy interactions from a scientific as well as practical perspective, build the awareness on the EU advice environment across participants and invite them to play an active role in the future.