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Paper on improving science-policy interfaces draws on ALTER-Net experiences

Presents lessons learned for current and future projects.

Against the background of a continuing biodiversity loss there is a strong need to improve the interfaces between science and policy. Many approaches for such interfaces exist, the most recent being the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). A less prominent approach to interface science with policy consists of research projects directly linking with decision makers. In this paper the authors present insights and recommendations on how to do this successfully, highlighting among others the role of facilitating mutual learning and enhancing interface expertise in institutions.

This paper stems from the SPIRAL project (Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity: Research, Action, and Learning), an interdisciplinary research project funded under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, which involved several ALTER-Net partners.

Reference: Neßhöver, C. et al. (2013). Improving the Science-Policy Interface of Biodiversity Research Projects. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 22(2), 99-103.