Fawkes, Kyle, Ferse, Sebastian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0930-5356, Scheffers, Anja and Cummins, Valerie (2021) Learning from experience: What the emerging global marine assessment community can learn from the social processes of other global environmental assessments. Anthropocene Coasts, 4 (1). pp. 87-114. DOI https://doi.org/10.1139/anc-2020-0018.

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In recent decades, international assessments of the ocean have evolved from specialized, technical evaluations of the state of the marine environment to more integrated and thematically extensive science-policy platforms. As assessment programmes such as the UN Regular Process blossom on the global stage and subsume responsibility for tracking progress on sustainable development, there is a need to consider how their processes wield influence and effectively translate knowledge into action. In the present paper, we undertake a comprehensive review of the literature on global environmental assessments (GEAs) and extract key principles that can be applied to global assessments of the marine environment. We were particularly inspired to identify how social processes could be arranged to best distill, communicate, and produce actionable knowledge. While we look to the advice of experts in the literature, we highlight specific examples from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the Global Environment Outlook (GEO). From this review, knowledge coproduction, multilevel collaboration, and futures thinking emerged as the dominant principles of influential and action-oriented assessments. We conclude the paper by contextualizing how these principles may be operationalized for Global Marine Assessments in the future.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA5
Research affiliation: Science Management > Future Earth Coasts Office
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/anc-2020-0018
ISSN: 2561-4150
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 15:05
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 12:51
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4750

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