This deliverable concerned the provision of policy briefs and factsheets about freshwater biodiversity and articles on how to use the BioFresh portal and scientific findings in policy and management. Its purpose was to strengthen the interface of BioFresh science with policy both directly (e.g. in the form of policy briefs) and indirectly through building shared understanding of science-policy frameworks and issues.
This report describes a set of policy oriented outputs produced by BioFresh: (1) Policy Briefs, (2) Policy thought pieces, (3) Blog special features and (4) Maps in action series. The policy briefs give clear messages targeting specific policy and/ or stakeholder needs, while the policy-thought pieces explore new ideas, pose questions and put forward thought-provoking arguments. The blog special features offer background briefings and explanation on the purpose and use of BioFresh outputs and the broader scientific and policy contexts within which they are located. They provide a virtual space where different communities can interact and comment. The maps in action series is linked to Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas and provide case studies of how maps in the atlas may interact with policy. All the elements presented in this document are available through the BioFresh Platform and may serve as examples of good practices to improve science-policy communication to raise awareness on the importance of freshwater biodiversity conservation.
These outputs are part of a broader suite of tools used to deliver the Communication and Dissemination Strategy, and the subsequent Science-policy-interface-strategy (SPIS) and Action Plan. They are written for freshwater scientists, policy makers and stakeholders at the EU and international level. They are generally written in an engaging and straight-forward style so as to be assessable to professionals from other sectors and interested lay publics.