Knowledge synthesis reports


CfR.1/2016/1 Understanding Farmer Uptake: What measures are most promising to deliver on supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services in the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)?


EKLIPSE has published the report, annexes and press release on Understanding farmer uptake of measures that support biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

More information on the CAP request here.





CfR.2/2017/1 How are European energy policies affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services in countries globally?

Find here the final report that seek a better understanding of the telecoupling effects of the EU’s low carbon energy policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services in countries globally, from an SDG perspective through two questions:

  1. What are the SDG targets that the EU energy policy tries to pursue (also indirectly) and what are the systemic trade-offs and co-benefits that are created beyond the territorial boundaries, where, at what scale, and who are the affected winners and losers?
  2. What policies and governance mechanisms could remedy these impacts; or in hindsight, how could one have chosen pathways to more sustainable development?

Read our related scientific article: Grace et al. (2019) Using fuzzy cognitive mapping to collate expert knowledge: Diverse impacts of renewable energy on biodiversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Biodiversity information science and standards, 3.

More information on the Energy request here.


CfR.3/2018/2 How could the comments from the scientific community support the comments/questions of the EU negotiators of the IPBES SPM on Global assessment?

Find here the final report that assesses the key messages, the need for clarifications, and provide suggestions on how to improve the consistency between the IPBES Global assessment and its Summary for Policymakers (SPM).

More information on the IPBES request here.





Nature-based Solutions to Promote Climate Resilience in Urban Areas

EKLIPSE has published the report from its first request from policy makers for synthesizing available knowledge: An impact evaluation framework to support planning and evaluation of nature-based solutions projects. 

Read our related scientific article: Raymond et al. (2017) A framework for assessing and implementing the co-benefits of nature-based solutions in urban areas. Environmental Science & Policy, 77: 15-24.




Knowledge Synthesis Methods

The Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods identified 21 types of knowledge synthesis methods to identify and characterise robust evidence and knowledge gaps, in response to requests to EKLIPSE from policy makers and societal actors. 

Read our report covering existing methods, and providing guidance on their selection, use and development. 

The group has also produced 21 guidance notes which describe strengths and weaknesses of each method; they also provide key references and examples of where a method has been used for policy decisions. 


Foresight activity/webinar reports


What needs to be done to better integrate research and knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services from the global to the European level, and vice versa?

This request is based on the need to translate the outcomes of global science-policy processes on biodiversity and ecosystem services into action at the European scale and, vice versa, to ensure that European science-policy processes contribute to the global debate.

This recognizes that while many interactions between European and global level take place at the level of scientists, projects, (joint) programming, assessment review and adoption or decision making by parties, a more strategic approach could further improve processes and results.

A workshop took place on June 1st at DG R&I and was attended by over 30 experts from government, civil society and international organizations, to discuss the methodologies used to interpret international assessments into prioritisation of needs. Discussions were fruitful, and it is expected that the analysis will help identify the steps forward for better linking European and Global science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

You are able to view the Workshop Report here.


Social Innovation and Nature-based Solutions (NBS)

In December 2016, EKLIPSE, EPBRS and BiodivERsA jointly organised a participatory foresight workshop in Brussels to discuss research needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues. 

The workshop resulted in a presentationmain report with annexes, and a policy brief summarising key recommendations for science policy on NBS and social innovation.

Read more about the foresight workshop here.



The Impacts of Artificial Electro-magnetic Radiations on Wildlife (Flora and Fauna)


EKLIPSE organised a web conference from Monday 22nd of January to Thursday 25th of January 2018 and two reports were published to highlight the current state of the art in this field and to identify knowledge gaps related to different taxonomic groups. 

Presentations and video recordings are available on the conference page.


Horizon Scanning: from interesting to useful, from practice to impact.


EKLIPSE and the Joint Research centre organised a workshop called "Horizon scanning: from interesting to useful, from practice to impact".

The event gathered professionals from different fields and sectors who all use or perform horizon scanning in their activities. Its purpose was to get insights from these practicioners on how to run such an exercise. The shared experiences have been collected in the form of a practical guide for those wishing to develop a horizon scanning activity.


Capacity Building Reports


Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services

The Webinar "Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services", took place online in April 2018.

Organisers: BiodivERsA/ FACCE-JPI project cp³ and EKLIPSE

The webinar presentations are available as videos here.



Ecosystem services and site management: from science into practice

The short course Ecosystem Services for Site Managers took place in the Netherlands in May 2018.

Organiser: Eurosite - Network for Europe's natural site managers






The course presentations are also available to download in pdf format:

Allan Watt and the EKLIPSE team: An introduction to EKLIPSE

Rudolf de Groot: Guidelines and tools for ecosystem service assessment

Harry Koenders: Ecosystem services as a communication tool at a national level

Kees Hendricks: Ecosystem services for management organisations

Esther Moens: How to integrate ecosystem services into management plans?

Rob Bugter: Synergies, trade-offs and the art of working with ecosystem services

Kristijan Civic: Tool for valuing conservation measures

Irena Bouwma: Interactive exercise 1 - Walking the web

Peter Verweij: Hands-on mapping with QUICKScan

Paul Leadbitter: Ecosystem services and peatland restoration

Kees Hendricks: Ecosystem services and site management: from science into practice


Societal engagement reports


The diverse values of nature

In May 2018, EKLIPSE published the final report from the request "The diverse values of nature and intrgrating them into decision-makin" involving three science cafes in Budapest and online. 

Watch videos of the cafes here.