Science in Policy presents:

Using the ecosystems approach to support evidence-based policy: the policy-makers perspective by Dr. Simon Willcock from University of Southampton.

When: Friday 1st May 2015, 15:30-16.30, followed by drinks & nibbles
Where: Council Room, Firth Court

The ecosystems approach provides a framework for the holistic consideration of ecosystems in decision making by valuing the ecosystem services (ES) they provide. This approach has been widely adopted by governmental advisors and institutions, aiding the development of evidence-based policy. However, poor communication between political and scientific communities has potentially resulted in discord between the information required by policy makers and that provided by researchers. This is particularly important in developing nations, where poor rural communities are often highly dependent on ES, especially as a safety net in times of hardship or crisis.

Simon will be talking about his research that aims to identify the needs of policy makers in sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore ensuring ES research is tailored to produce useful outputs.

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