Biodiversity is essential for human life and well-being. However, we have not yet achieved policy targets to halt its loss and safeguard the ecosystem services it provides. Knowing and deciding exactly what to do in practice remains a challenge. One crucial step, in all efforts towards more effective policy-making, is fostering appropriate connections between the diverse insights and perspectives of scientists and other knowledge holders, and the needs and interests of policy-makers – the science-policy interface.
The existence of well-functioning science-policy interfaces is a necessary condition of effective environmental governance. The FP7 programme SPIRAL will enhance the connectivity between biodiversity research and policy making in order to improve the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.