Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe

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About

Eklipse was created in 2016 to help governments, institutions, businesses and NGOs make better-informed decisions when it comes to biodiversity in Europe. A European Union funded project until November 2020, it is now managed by Alternet, the European Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Eklipse has already answered requests on a vast range of topics, by synthesizing the best available knowledge from scientists and other knowledge holders.

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Number of requests answered

252

Experts involved in answering requests

870

Participants in all activities organised by Eklipse
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News

New booklet –

“Green & Blue spaces and Mental Health – new evidence and perspectives for action”

Eklipse and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a new Booklet at the WHO Europe summit on actions required to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and service delivery systems held in Athens, Greece, the 22-23 July 2021. This output is the product of a collaborative effort between the Eklipse Expert Working group (EWG) on Green & Blue spaces and Mental Health and the WHO. It was originated from the question asked to Eklipse by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and the WHO about “Which types and characteristics of those spaces have beneficial effects on human mental health and well-being,” and is based on the evidence reports launched in March 2021 and developed by the previously mentioned Eklipse EWG.

Focus on a request  –

Impacts of green and blue space on mental health

Urban green and blue areas contribute to our mental health by reducing air pollution, reducing stress levels, increasing social interactions, among others. Despite these clear benefits, particularly in crisis time as the Covid one, we have not enough information about how these areas should be designed to enhance their benefits to our growing urban populations. An Eklipse Working Group (EWG) has analysed the current evidence and provided recommendations to understand better the crucial influence of nature on our mental health and well-being. To learn more about this request put forward to Eklipse by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition (MTES) and the World Health Organization (WHO), consult the request´s webpage, read the outputs (report, article…) or listen to our podcast.

Discover our podcast!

Eklipse offers you the opportunity to explore its values and past requests by listening to enlightening conversations with experts, sharing their knowledge with us. Visit our podcast webpage and learn more about Eklipse added values (first episode), Transformative change for sustainability (Second episode), Pollinator conservation measures (Third episode), Restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Fourth episode) and Nature-Based Solutions for urban areas (Fifth episode), Biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy (Sixth episode), Environmental regulation, business and Biodiversity (Seventh episode).

– New episode out –  Impacts of green and blue spaces on mental health

We answered

their requests

We at Eklipse burn for biodiversity. Providing a solid science policy society interface is the needed step to conserve biodiversity and human wellbeing.

Ute JacobCo-chair of the Eklipse Knowledge Coordination Body

A key strength of Eklipse is the dense network of experts and knowledge holders across Europe that it connects with. When questions arise about biodiversity and ecosystems, Eklipse can access the best available knowledge quickly. We have a range of methods available to document that knowledge and feed it into decision-making.

Lynn DicksChair of the Methods Expert Group

Eklipse is a unique mechanism that proposes to provide the cutting-edge scientific knowledge needed to inform public policy and, beyond that, any societal demand. Contributing to this mechanism offers a particularly interesting challenge for an academic researcher due to the diversity of issues concerning the environment and biodiversity.

Philip RocheCo-chair of the Knowledge Coordination Body

I advise on methods of knowledge synthesis for the request, and provide support on their use. I am particularly enjoying the opportunity to contribute my experience of participatory processes, and my background in marine ecology, as well as working with motivated macroalgae experts.

Miriam GraceMember of the Methods Expert Group

We have built Eklipse around strong values of independence, transparency and inclusiveness.

Juliette YoungAlternet's Science Policy Officer, Eklipse's former coordinator

I decided to join this Expert Working Group because I believe it can have a strong impact on the development of the macroalgae cultivation in Europe, while contributing to enhance this activity as an important tool for climatechange mitigation and adaptation. Being somebody directly involved in the macroalgae cultivation for many years, I also appreciate the possibility to interact with experts from different areas and learn from their different perspectives on this subject.

Rui PereiraCo-chair of the Macroalgae cultivation Expert Working Group

At Eklipse, we have a unique, innovative process enabling us to synthesise the best available knowledge to support decision makers.

Marie VandewalleHead of Eklipse Management Body, Alternet's Science Policy Officer

Connecting knowledge and evidence from biodiversity research with policy is more important than ever in the current time of societal and environmental change. We at Eklipse make sure we use the best available methods and tools to make evidence available to those making complex decisions.

Nils BunnefeldMember of the Methods Expert Group

I find Eklipse's work quintessential in times when it is becoming a matter of life or death to protect biodiversity. We need policymakers to understand this, and if Eklipse can contribute to this, it is half a victory!

Agnes ZolyomiMember of the Knowledge Coordination Body

Eklipse is a robust mechanism to reach a synergy of science and policy-making. It's a reliable fusion of individual experiences and European countries' environmental policy achievements for tackling arising challenges.

Lyudmyla ZahvoyskaMember of the Methods Expert Group

Eklipse offers a great opportunity to work with leading experts from across the globe. The Eklipse Working Group on Algae and Ecosystem Services crosses geographical and institutional borders to deliver the latest insights into the potential of macro-algae.

Sander van der BurgCo-chair of the Macroalgae cultivation Expert Working Group

Eklipse functions in the crucial sphere between science and policy, enabling knowledge exchange about biodiversity and ecosystem services and turning it into action. It enables researchers to recognize knowledge needs outside academia and make knowledge that is already available useful.

Viola HakkaraineMember of the Methods Expert Group

It was my pleasure to have contributed to Eklipse in the past two years! I have worked on capacity-building events, on the development of the European Network of Networks for Science-Policy-Society Interfaces (SPSI) on Biodiversity, and on the communication of the Project. I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved together! I have been part of an amazing team that helped me to learn and grow a lot. I will now move on to work on my academic field of expertise, cetacean ecology and conservation. I am sure I will continue to be part of the Eklipse community, working with and along the mechanism, as I truly believe in its potential for meaningful contribution on smart decision-making for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Thank you, Eklipse!

Ana Mafalda CorreiaMember of the Eklipse Team

Eklipse supports the translation of scientific knowledge to evidence-based policy initiatives. This is of critical importance when seeking to address significant global issues such as biodiversity decline and climate change.

Laura WendlingMember of Methods Expert Group.

I see Eklipse as providing a much needed international meeting space at the interface of science and policy making; helping shape knowledge exchange and providing the tools to boldly tackle key environmental and social challenges.

Alister ScottMember of Methods Expert Group