Work Package 4 - Synthesis of concepts and analyses, outreach and engagement in a science-policy dialogue

The work package 4 has two key objectives, namely
  1. to integrate and synthesize findings from all WPs to form policy-relevant concepts and guidelines for management and governance relating to the main three environments that are the focus of the IP, namely urban, agricultural and natural/semi-natural areas and the spectrum between them across scales, and
  2. to integrate ecological knowledge with policy instruments in order to enhance engagement in a science-policy and science-society dialogue.

Thereby, this WP seeks to achieve greater policy relevance, greater contribution to nature conservation and other relevant policies on the ground, and, in the process, enhance visibility and impact of the UFZ as a whole.

Grafik WP 4

WP 4 provides a link between ecological knowledge and societal application, with a focus on relevant instruments and mechanisms for biodiversity and ecosystem services (ESS) governance. Important aspects dealt within the WP are Green Infrastructure, improving the coherence of the Natura 2000 network across scales, and contributing to an improved implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The main questions adressed in WP 4 are:

  • What are desirable land use patterns with relation to the identified relationships between abiotic parameters, biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, future change scenarios and instruments identified in WPs 1-3?
  • How can these patterns be achieved, e. g. through science-policy interfaces to minimise trade-offs and conflicts and maximise shared benefits?
  • What can be done to improve the societal awareness to biodiversity and ESS?

The WP comprises of two main sections: The first provides integrated concepts and analyses, bringing together different elements from the other WPs of this IP, and setting them in a broader, policy-relevant context. The second section focuses on outreach and actual engagement in a science-policy dialogue, thus extending beyond the range of the IP and even the borders of the Topic.


Dr. Guy Pe'er
Department of Conservation Biology
UFZ Leipzig
Guy Pe'er