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Event Towards a consolidated Network of Knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe

To counteract biodiversity loss, efforts have considerably increased over the past years to strengthen the science-policy-society interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. There is indeed an active landscape of projects, institutions, organisations and individuals in Europe involved in this interface, all aiming to improve the knowledge flow so that decisions at different policy levels (from European, to national and local levels) are based on the best available knowledge.

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Period 01/04/2014
Event location European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli building, Place du Luxembourg, Brussels
Host European Parliament,
Contact person Kathleen Laissy,
+ 32 2 230 30 70

With the 7th Environmental Action Programme and the start of Horizon2020 and its focus on innovative solutions for society, the need for more concerted activities in this context become even more important.
In this context, BiodiversityKnowledge (FP7 KNEU), an EU-funded coordination action has been set up to help to map, mobilise and organise this landscape focusing on the knowledge holders’ community. For this the project has been developing and testing a prototype Network of Knowledge since 2011 with more than 300 active participations of representatives of the biodiversity and ecosystems services knowledge community. Stakeholders involved ranged from practitioners and researchers to policy-makers.
The conference will present and discuss with representatives from science, policy, the private sectors and other societal actors, how a Network of Knowledge approach can contribute to better informed decision making and to the future research agenda on biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource management.

The meeting is expected to:

  • Raise awareness of the Network of Knowledge approach and its potential contributions to the policy making process from different knowledge holders, especially from science, to it;
  • Contribute to further develop the discussion on a better implementation in Europe of the science-policy-society dialogues including relevant stakeholders; and
  • Discuss links between better informed decision-making and research agenda development on biodiversity, ecosystem service and natural resource management

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