ScenNet focuses on building a well-structured community of researchers working on the interactions between socio-economic scenarios and models of global impacts on biodiver­sity and ecosystem services. It will also initiate activities that address key knowledge gaps and improve the usefulness of scenarios in decision making at a wide range of scales. ScenNet works closely with the IPBES technical support unit (TSU) for the methodological assessment of scenarios, as well as a range of international research projects.

The primary objectives are to:

  • Develop a network to support research within the context of Future Earth
  • Contribute to national and global assessment processes, especially IPBES
  • Prepare the scientific community to address gaps in research related to the development of scenario models

The project rests on four pillars:

  • Three international workshops, held in 2015 and 2016
  • National workshops to reinforce national networks and build capacity
  • International conference on “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services”, to be held in August 2016
  • An expert database for global networking