Managing Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction: New Publications Examine Ongoing Treaty Negotiations at the United Nations

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a landmark international treaty that entered into force in 1994, provides the legal framework for the sustainable development of the oceans. UNCLOS covers a wide range of issues in a text containing over 300 articles. Over the decades since the treaty’s completion in 1982, […]

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Chemical Contaminants in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy: New Paper on Monitoring, with Policy Implications

The Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program has had a long affiliation with the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) through preparation of  bibliographies of the GOMC publications (Cordes et al, 2006; Ross et al., 2014), evaluation of the use and influence of that literature (Cossarini et al., 2014; MacDonald et […]

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Improving Use of Research-Based Information in Policy Contexts

The importance of evidence-informed decision-making is being recognized more and more within the broader scientific and political landscape. For critical issues like climate change, well-informed and structured policies can bring substantial progress to current and future mitigation and adaptation strategies. This awareness has resulted in increased efforts to design science-policy engagement strategies and best practices […]

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Challenges in Measuring the Use and Influence of Research-Based Information

Conducting research and producing reports are important pursuits, but they are only some of the activities found in research-to-policy processes. When data have been collected, analysed, and reports prepared, the next step, namely, communication, can be fraught with challenges that can impede use of the research. Some studies are conducted to address questions posed directly […]

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The Role of Public Consultations and Public Advisory Processes in Decision Making

Over the last several decades, the role of public participation in policy and decision making has expanded in scope and importance. Public participation is being used increasingly to complement technical expertise and empirical evidence in decision-making processes, both to strengthen the democratic legitimacy of policies and to benefit from a wide range of experiential knowledge. […]

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Enablers and Barriers in the Communication of Research Information for Policy Development

The development of meaningful policies is dependent on effective communication of research-based information and evidence from scientists and other researchers to policymakers. Poor communication of research-based information can have serious consequences for environmental management. This post explores factors that enable and prevent the communication of research-based information into public policy contexts, including language, accessibility of […]

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New EIUI Study: Information Source and Channel Preference in Marine Policy Development

Humans are currently experiencing an information overload. We are bombarded with information from the moment we start our day; texts from friends, social media updates, and news headlines stream into our consciousness at an unprecedented volume. Of course, this deluge has associated costs and benefits. On the one hand, we are better connected and better […]

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Pathways and Models: Recent Literature on Communication of Research Information

A gap in the flow of information often exists between science and policy. This gap commonly occurs in the science-policy interface. Many social processes and components may exist at the interface in order to bridge information flow. Within the interface, a complex meshwork of models (about knowledge transfer, science-policy advice, influence), pathways, and organizations can […]

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