Towards clustered policy briefs for biodiversity
Project-specific policy briefs are useful. However, clustered policy briefs that bring together results and evidence from various projects around a policy question may be much more effective. This was the basis for BiodivERsA to organize a workshop in support of knowledge brokerage.
BiodivERsA has been coordinating and funding biodiversity research for many years. A key requirement of the funded projects is to reach out and ensure that output feeds into policy and stakeholder processes. As part of facilitating this process a two-day meeting was organized bringing together representatives of 25 BiodivERsA research projects, policymakers and knowledge brokers. ECNC was invited as a knowledge broker and as a representative of the OpenNESS project.
A morning session contained a number of keynote presentations about science-policy interaction, stakeholder engagement, essentials of policy briefs, and aspirations of the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation in this respect. All projects present were also given the opportunity to hold a two-minute pitch talk to present their work. In the afternoon breakout groups formulated policy questions connected to biodiversity and ecosystem services which were then picked up by other groups to identify elements for potential policy briefs to respond to these questions. Those projects that could contribute to the policy briefs were identified in order to ensure a joint and clustered input into the briefs. These will be produced in the coming months.
The 60-odd participants experienced a very intensive day and the difficulties involved in producing a policy-relevant, clear, concise and science-based policy brief.
The workshop was held on 23 and 24 June 2015 at the Belgian Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy Office (Belspo) in Brussels.