Knowledge from Science to Societies: The KNOSSOS Project
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new web platform and the first in a series of policy briefs that aim to improve the understanding of environmental scientific research among policymakers.
Brussels, 8 November 2011 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new web platform and the first in a series of policy briefs that aim to improve the understanding of environmental scientific research among policymakers.
The KNOSSOS project, which is funded by the European Union (EU), was launched in Brussels with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), researchers, and policymakers in attendance.
KNOSSOS echoes the European Commission's position on the future of science in Europe, and the EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik's own assertion that "'bridging the gap' between science and policy is not a technical issue. It is a political, economic, social and cultural issue."
KNOSSOS project manager Thierry Lucas said at the launch: "We need greater communication between researchers and policy makers. Enhancing the communication channels between the two is the starting point of KNOSSOS."
"By taking stock of environmental research, the KNOSSOS team is able to produce policy briefs every three months, and combined with policy dialogues, we can take steps towards bridging the gap between science and policy", added Mr. Lucas
The first policy brief, presented at the Brussels launch, focuses on water scarcity. The brief covers current water scarcity issues, particularly in Europe, highlights key research findings and presents sound, research-based policy options.
The next brief will cover climate change and will be published in time for the COP17 Climate Change Conference in Durban, 28 November - 9 December 2011.
The KNOSSOS project will organize events in European and national parliaments through collaborative workshops that open policy dialogues, and bring researchers and policy makers together for discussion. KNOSSOS also puts an emphasis on disseminating research findings beyond Europe through a number of "Knowledge Fairs" as side events at international conferences.
Research findings will be constantly added to the web platform, guaranteeing fast and easy access to relevant information. The project will spotlight European environmental science and research, and improve information exchange between science and policy not only on the project's web platform but on the renowned Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) - the world's largest collection of environmental scientific research.
The KNOSSOS project is funded by the European Commission's seventh framework programme (FP7).