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Framing and re-framing of biodiversity: scale perspectives and their implications for the science-policy dialogue in international governance
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2011 (English)In: Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance: Colorado State University 17-20 May 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Nature protection and sustainable use of biological resources have been on the political agenda for over a century and has in 2010 been highlighted in the Year of Biodiversity. But the loss of biodiversity is still accelerating. Moreover, in spite of several scientific assessments about biodiversity, there are major concerns about the lack of scientific input to biodiversity policy. Inspired by the role of the IPCC in giving the attention to the challenges of climate change, efforts are underway to set up a new body to improve international biodiversity governance: the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This paper analyzes the evolution of international biodiversity governance in order to reveal when and why new ways of framing biodiversity have been established. It notes that the framing of biodiversity has shifted several times, including whether the focus should be on the local, national or global level. Given the fact that today's governance architecture features a range of regimes and several competing ways of framing the challenge, it appears unlikely that the IPBES would suddenly give science a stronger voice in biodiversity politics. The value of this initiative may instead rest in its potential role as an arena for learning in both directions at the science-policy interface. The history of biodiversity governance shows that some such science-policy dialogues have been important for including broader societal concerns in the discussion of conservation, which has made biodiversity governance a leader in identifying several issues that have become central to global sustainability governance, such as attention to the needs of developing countries, equity and participation by local stakeholders.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67034OAI: diva2:469179
Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance
Available from: 2011-12-22 Created: 2011-12-22Bibliographically approved

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