The KNEU project develops a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Network of Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy-makers and other societal actors.
The overall objective is to develop a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Network of Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy-makers and other societal actors. This network shall be open, transparent, flexible, equally accessible to all, independent, be scientifically- and evidence-based and have a robust structure.
It will develop links to relevant clients to support the science-society interface in Europe and beyond.
The project will develop a NoK prototype via 4 main steps:
- Produce an overview of the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe thus providing a basis for the design and potential contributors to a NoK.
- Develop a first prototype NoK, based on the current landscape and discussing structural, methodological and functional issue of a NoK with the community of knowledge hodlers via online media – this website – a set of regional workshops and a European conference discussion the concrete setting of the prototype.
- Test the prototype for 3 major case study areas for biodiversity governance: agriculture, conservation and marine biodiversity. For these areas, recent governance challenges in need for knowledge input to solve them will be identified with potential clients from policy and other decision makers and then be tackled by the NoK prototype, aiming to derive input into the societal discussions, but in first place, testing the NoK structure with respect to its effectiveness.
- Use the experience to further revise the NoK prototype and probably come up with best practices and if possible a recommended deisgn for a future NoK structure (WP5).
The steps will be guided by an internal evaluation process and by a communication and dissemination approach, thus ensuring a high profile and broad involvement into the projects steps.
The project comprises a consortium of 18 leading institutions in Europe on biodiversity and ecosystem services research and governance. The consortium understands itself as a facilitator in developing the Network of Knowledge, aiming at a broad involvement from partners across the biodiversity knowledge landscape.
For more information please visit the KNEU website.