Advice for nature policy

Governments at various levels (global, European, national, provincial and local) make policy to protect nature. Bridging the science-policy-society interface is one of the key areas of Wageningen Environmental Research expertise. We work continuously with local and national government and at international level with policymakers and practitioners to help them to make more accurate, timely and sustainable decisions. We do this through the application of expertise that ranges from leading edge remote sensing technology, modelling and use of big data, to knowledge-based moderation of stakeholder participation processes.

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Our research and expertise - what do we offer?

Internationally, Wageningen Environmental Research is a partner in consortia that manage three of the European Environment Agency Topic Centres: 1) Climate, 2) Urban land use and soil, and 3) Biodiversity and leads an important Framework Service Contract for providing services in the area of natural capital and ecosystem assessment: ‘Spatial analysis and mapping, informing ecosystem-based management’. Furthermore, we lead or are consortium partners for a number of European Commission-funded projects and programmes such as the Biogeographical Process, which involves 28 Member States across all of the European biogeographical regions. In all cases, the knowledge and technical expertise of our research institute provides critically important input to the delivery of a variety of talks that support the EEA in their role as the European Commission policy-making and policy delivery entity.

We support the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Food Quality with the international reporting obligations for various international nature conventions (e.g. Bern, Bonn en Ramsar Convention). We furthermore support the Dutch Ministry with European Union’s Birds and Habitats Directive  reporting (Art 17 en 12 reports). In addition, we undertake evaluations of EU, national and regional nature policy.

New societal trends may influence nature and we therefore review possible effects of stakeholder involvement and energy, land use and other transitions on nature and its policy.

This knowledge provides added value to governments to improve the quality of their decisions to improve their nature policy. protect nature. Questions we answer are:

  • What is the state of nature in our country, municipality or province?
  • What is the progress in implementation of our policy, what are success and failures?
  • How can the government involve society in the protection of nature?

These and other questions we answer with different types of evaluations (classical and reflective evaluations) communities of practice as well as with field data, expert judgement, model and scenario studies.

Examples of Dutch policy advice and evaluations

Examples of international policy advice and evaluations