How can global conventions for biodiversity and ecosystem services guide local conservation actions?

Ilse R. Geijzendorffer, Astrid van Teeffelen, Hilary Allison, Daniela Braun, K. Horgan, Maitane Iturrate-Garcia, Maria João Santos, Loïc Pellissier, Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard, Simone Quatrini, Shoko Sakai, Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

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With global science-policy conventions for biodiversity and ecosystem services in place, much effort goes into monitoring and reporting on the progress toward policy targets. As conservation actions happen locally, can such global monitoring and reporting efforts effectively guide conservation actions at subnational level? In this paper we explore three different perspectives: policy reporting for policy implementation; scientific knowledge for empowerment and actions; and from past trends to influencing the future. Using these three perspectives, we identify ways forward for both decision makers and scientists on how to engage, inform and empower a larger diversity of actors who make decisions on the future of biodiversity and ecosystem services at multiple scales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


Authors are grateful for the discussion opportunity created at the ‘Global Change and Biodiversity’ conference organized by the University of Zürich Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity, where the work for this manuscript was initiated. Funders of the conference are: Congressi Stefano Franscini , ETHZ , Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich . Reflections presented in this paper contribute to the ongoing work in the GEO BON Policy Taskforce. IG's contribution was partly funded by the ECOPOTENTIAL project under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No 641762).

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Horizon 2020 Framework Programme641762
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Universität Zürich


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