Making the Invisible Visible for the Biodiversity SDGs

Recognizing what Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Value in Indicators for Decision-making and Accountability


  • Gert Jan Hofstede, professor, Information Technology Group, SSG
  • David Ludwig, assistant professor, Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group,
  • Esther Turnhout, professor, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group,
  • Gerard Verschoor, assistant professor, Sociology of Development and Change,
  • Peter Tamas, Lecturer, Biometris, Plant Sciences Group -
  • Tjeerd-Jan Stomph, associate professor, Centre for Crop Systems Analysis, PSG
  • Mariloes Pena Claros, associate professor, Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group, PSG,
  • Rob Alkemade, professor, Environmental Sciences Group -
  • Thom Kuyper, personal professor, Soil Biology Group, ESG
  • Tinka Murk, professor Marine Animal Ecology, Animal Sciences Group


Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and Policy Group

Project description

The objective of this INREF seed-grant project - Make Visible - is to build a sustained research and action network that will iteratively test and improve methods to bring indigenous and local knowledge into decision-making and accountability for processes around SDG 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land), including the development of new indicators. This will be done by connecting and adding significant value to a variety of processes and projects that team members are already involved in and that are related to biodiversity on land and under water in different parts of the world and globally including the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)