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?
During the second Call for Requests launched by EKLIPSE in July 2017, a request entitled "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?" was put forward by the European Commission, DG R&I.
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.