Why are public awareness actions needed?
Climate change has been proposed as one of the major threats to biodiversity globally. Conserving biodiversity requires appropriate management solutions that relate to scientific understanding of biological processes. However, in policy processes, scientific knowledge competes with other forms of knowledge for power in making choices that guide future actions and defining best practices for sustainable management of natural resources.
In order to achieve appropriate action, communication and public awareness are important instruments to achieve the objective of promotion of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Sustainable management of forest biodiversity depends upon the existence of collaborative partnerships between scientists, policy-makers and civil society.
Objectives of the dissemination efforts and desirable impacts
EVOLTREE has designed a dissemination and communication plan and initiated a number of actions aimed at reinforcing understanding of the scientific knowledge generated by the Network of Excellence, and at increasing awareness on the conservation and management of terrestrial biodiversity, including genetic resources, among relevant stakeholders, especially policy-makers.
EVOLTREE dissemination activities have the following objectives:
Identify appropriate fora and audiences to be reached through awareness raising actions on EVOLTREE activities.
Produce public awareness materials adapted to different users.
Organize specific events aimed at creating opportunities for a dialogue between scientists and stakeholders, especially policy-makers.
Support relevant initiatives organized by individual teams within the EVOLTREE consortium, by supplying public awareness materials (including press releases
) and translating these materials in different languages.