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What does policy-relevant global environmental knowledge do? The cases of climate and biodiversity

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Esther Turnhout, Art Dewulf, Michael Hulme

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
JournalCurrent opinion in environmental sustainability
Accepted/In pressNov 2015
PublishedFeb 2016


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There is a surge in global knowledge making efforts to inform environmental governance. This article synthesises the current state of the art of social science scholarship about the generation and use of global environmental knowledge. We focus specifically on the issues of scale – providing globalized representations of the environment - and relevance - providing knowledge in a form that is considered usable for decision-making. Using the examples of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Millennium ecosystem Assessment, the article discusses what policy relevant global knowledge does: how it represents the environment, and how this specific form of knowledge connects with governance and policy.

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