FRB aims to engage with all stakeholders to:
Identify scientific challenges on biodiversity which need to be addressed by research;
Design research programmes and projects on biodiversity which are relevant for society;
Disseminate and integrate results into public and private decision-making.
The Stakeholders Advisory Board (SAB) collaborates with the Scientific Council (SC) to better take into account biodiversity issues relevant to society. Together, they work for a common understanding of concepts, design actions to be taken and identify future challenges for biodiversity conservation. They develop targeted research to deliver problem-oriented knowledge on these issues.
In order to enhance collaboration, 4 working groups were established in 2015 to explore FRB’s potential actions to advance biodiversity science. The working groups gather members from the SAB and the Scientific Council, and are facilitated by FRB staff members. The current working groups focus on the following issues:
- Ecology and urban societies;
- Ecological compensation;
- Genetic resources;
- Natural protected areas and research.
Each group has designed its own work programme spreading over one to three years. They meet regularly throughout the year.
Forward-looking assessments, or ‘’horizon-scanning’’, explores what knowledge is required for society to achieve better biodiversity conservation. A first forward-looking assessment for research on biodiversity was prepared in 2009. It was updated in 2015 to take into account change in politics, socio-economic context and progress in science frontiers on biodiversity. The Scientific Council defined the main axis and developed the first draft of the assessment, which was then discussed and deepened with the Stakeholders Advisory Board. One of the priorities identified in the 2015 forward-looking assessment is understanding the different foundations of biodiversity values, as it varies from one stakeholder to the other.
Funding and monitoring research
Several Stakeholders Advisory Board members also fund research programmes and projects that were co-designed with the Scientific Council, such as projects selected within FRB’s flagship programme on scenarios and modelling for biodiversity. This programme has a twofold aim: increasing knowledge through the design of tools and using these tools to take better decisions and manage biodiversity better. It promotes stakeholders’ engagement, to include their views in the design of scenarios. This ensures that the programme’s outputs are relevant and useful to stakeholders.
FRB also engages with other stakeholders, from the private sector for example, to design, lead and monitor projects on biodiversity research.