The Network of Knowledge BiodiversityKnowledge is being developed and communicated by the EU-project KNEU - Developing a Knowledge Network for EUropean expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors, funded under FP7 as coordination action (Grant No.265299).

The project is developing a NoK prototype via 4 main steps:

  1. Producing an overview of the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe thus providing a basis for the design and potential contributors to a NoK. (WP1)
  2. Developing 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.  (WP2)
  3. Testing 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. (WP3)
  4. Using 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 was guided by an internal evaluation process (WP4) and by a communication and dissemination approach (WP6), 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.

Full list of partners.

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