Challenges to and opportunities for biodiversity science-policy interfaces: An exploration of knowledge integration in the context of economic approaches - Report from the expert workshop held in Freiburg, Germany, 3rd and 4th March 2014

Workshop on the challenges to and opportunities for biodiversity science-policy interfaces – March 2014

3rd-4th of March 2014, Freiburg

An exploration of knowledge integration in the context of economic approaches

Workshop jointly organized by the Forest and Environmental Policy Group of the University of Freiburg and the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing from Wageningen University and Research Centre, as part of the INVALUABLE collaborative research project,  funded by the ERA-Net BiodivERsA Network, with the support of the Dutch and German national founders participating to the 2011 BiodivERsA Network call.


Presentation:

invaluable contactAs part of Work Package 3 of the INVALUABLE project, the Forest and Environmental Policy Group of the University of Freiburg and the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing from Wageningen University and Research Centre, organized an expert workshop, “Challenges to and opportunities for biodiversity science-policy interfaces: An exploration of knowledge integration in the context of economic approaches”, which was held over two half-days from Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th March 2014 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

It brought together experts in the fields of science-policy interfaces (SPIs), knowledge integration, and economic valuations or instruments for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services management.


Objectives

The overall objective of the workshop was to explore challenges to and opportunities for enhanced SPIs for biodiversity and ecosystems governance. In light of the growing prominence of economic valuations and instruments in this field, our discussion paid particular attention to SPI issues relating to the design and application of economic approaches.

The workshop also facilitated an exchange of field experience inrelation to practical tools, methodologies and approaches for knowledge integration. In particular, the debate was centered on applications of Discussion Support Systems in the context of science-policy interfaces.


Key themes discussed:

Theme 1: Value plurality and knowledge integration for biodiversity and ecosystems governance

We explored theoretical arguments for, and practical challenges relating to, the integration of multiple, and sometimes competing forms of knowledge, as well as a plurality of values, for the governance of biodiversity and ES.

Theme 2: Understanding complexity and responding to uncertainty at the science-policy interface

It considered in how far economic approaches to biodiversity conservation acknowledge and incorporate the complexity of social-ecological systems and how they respond to inherent and irreducible uncertainties.


Online access to the workshop presentation on Wageningen University’s website :  http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/show/Invaluable_wp3_2013.htm

Access to the final reporthttp://invaluable.fr/challenges-to-and-opportunities-for-biodiversity-science-policy-interfaces-an-exploration-of-knowledge-integration-in-the-context-of-economic-approaches/