Science and Economics

Peer networks

IUCN connects more than 10,000 specialists across its six expert Commissions, as well as more than 1,300 Member organisations. Clearly, though, the challenges facing the global environment are so more than can be resolved by any one network.

IUCN must therefore work in synergy with the numerous other networks which have remits touching into conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability. Foremost among these is the new Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The Science & Economic Knowledge Team maintains IUCN contact points into IPBES and other relevant peer networks, to help maximise collaboration, complementarity, and information sharing, and reduce the risk of duplication of effort.Which of the thousands of possible peer networks does IUCN prioritise for engagement, and how? The IUCN Science & Economic Knowledge Team undertakes this prioritisation by considering the proximity of peer networks to IUCN in terms of both their combined focus on natural and social science, and in terms of their engagement of both government and civil society stakeholders. We can visualise this space as follows:

IUCN Networks

Information on IUCN’s contact points into each of these peer networks is available here. To support these engagements, the Science & Economic Knowledge Team also maintains Guidance for IUCN contact points to peer scientific networks. Reports from IUCN contact points into these peer scientific networks are available here.

IUCN is grateful to members of the Science Advisory Board 2011–3 who helped to establish this concept of contact points into peer networks – Alexandre Buttler (École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne), Mohamed Hassan (TWAS - the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), Gretchen Kalonji (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Yuan-Tseh Lee (International Council for Science), Lu Yonglong (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment), Ruksana Mirza (Holcim Group Support Limited), and Mohamed El-Ashry (UN Foundation) – and to the MAVA Foundation who supported this work.

We are similarly appreciative of the grant provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation to establish the IUCN engagement with IPBES, and to the Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement Durable et de l'Énergie of the Government of France for their ongoing support in this effort.


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