Knowledge exchange between science, policy and society
Striving for cooperation between science and stakeholders for the protection of coastal ecosystems in Hainan, China
The ecosystems at Chinese coasts are undergoing rapid changes under the strong influences of both global climate change and anthropogenic activities.
The sustainable management of Hainan’s coastal resources depends not only on scientists providing sound scientific knowledge, but also on actions of policy makers and other stakeholders whose behaviors can have significant impact on coastal resources management. It is clear that policy makers, practitioners and the public need access to the best available knowledge in order to understand the problems in Chinese coastal ecosystems and make wise choices towards developing measures for a sustainable use of their resources. This is where the concept of knowledge exchange between science and society comes into play.
In this context, the new add-on project ‘Tackling environmental change Issues of China’s coastal Aquatic Systems: Networking, capacity building and knowledge exchange’ (TICAS) was launched in 2017 to complement ECOLOC and conduct knowledge exchange between science and societal stakeholders. The overall aim of TICAS is to produce and disseminate knowledge that contributes to solving environmental issues of Chinese coastal ecosystems and enhance the connectivity between scientists and non-scientific stakeholders. The main target groups for this project will include academic partners, practitioners, the public and policy actors in the widest sense.