Recommendations on strengthening the science-policy interface
These recommendations have been developed by the EU funded SWIM-H2020 Support Mechanism and encompass the results of a desk study conducted in 2016-2017 and updated again in 2018, aiming to address the need for a strengthened research to policy/practice interface and ultimately, an enhanced interaction between the efforts for a cleaner Mediterranean and the important outcomes of relevant EU funded research projects.
The main recommendations drawn by this exercise are grouped under the headings:
– Improving the calls, design and implementation of EU science-policy projects
– Enhancing access to outputs and results of science-policy projects
– Making the science-policy interface more ‘fit-for-purpose’
– More effective data gathering, management and sharing
– Enhancing ‘science to policy’ communication
Apart from the full report of the desk study an executive summary is also available.
In the last few years, the EU funded Research calls and projects, including those focusing on environment and water in the Mediterranean region, include a series of provisions for a better association of the design and expected results of the projects with important socioeconomic needs and with existing policies and strategies of the EU and of other key institutional players in the region (e.g. Barcelona Convention, Union for the Mediterranean). The insights and recommendations of this study on whether these provisions were useful and effective and if and how they could become more meaningful, comprehensive, efficient and better implemented, provide important inputs for relevant EC Synthesis Notes.
Ultimately these recommendations facilitate a better interaction of research and policy that would directly support the Research Component of the H2020 Initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean, and also the work of the European Environment Agency (EEA), UN Environment/MAP, the Union for the Mediterranean and others.