Science for Policy

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Biodiversity is a complex area, and there are many scientific aspects of it that require further elucidation. Scientific information on biodiversity is important to help to build the basis on which to take informed policy decisions.

To help build the bridges between biodiversity science and policy, UNESCO has been actively involved in:

  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment UNESCO co-sponsored and contributed this most comprehensive assessment on the links between ecosystem changes and human well-being.
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Follow-up UNESCO is engaged in a MA follow-up exercise on identifying knowledge gaps identified by the MA and possible policy responses.
  • International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) UNESCO co-sponsored and contributed to this assessment which evaluated the relevance, quality and effectiveness of agricultural knowledge, science, and technology.
  • UNESCO-SCOPE-UNEP Policy Briefs Series This series of policy briefs is intended to concretely and significantly impact on the capacity of UNESCO’s Member States to rely on scientifically-sound information for the purpose of decision-making.
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