Communication and stakeholder interaction are important tools within BECC – both crossing the disciplinary research borders but also for reaching outside the research environment to utilize the knowledge built up within BECC.
BECC research provides a crucial scientific basis for management decisions and societal policies on biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate. BECC has a high capability and capacity to transfer relevant knowledge for utilisation in society and land-based economic sectors.
The research has important impact in several business sectors, most importantly forestry and agriculture, with specific implications for how forest and agricultural management can integrate values of ecosystem services to meet both production goals and environmental objectives.
BECC encompasses expertise at the forefront of knowledge in a range of relevant areas that can be mobilised and brought to bear on new problems and research questions as they arise.
We build research capability and capacity in dialogue with disciplinary excellent research departments, ensuring breadth of expertise. Many BECC studies adopt scenario approaches to reason about future changes in society, regionally and globally, and their impacts on and vulnerability to change in natural systems. Inherently, this focuses attention on knowledge needs associated with potential future problems society will face in order to adapt to, mitigate or manage change in the environment.
Today's Great Explorers – an SRA anthology
In the anthology Today's Great Explorers you can read more about the Strategic Research Areas (SRAs) at Lund University, where BECC is one of the environments.
Many BECC researchers have their own long-term contacts with different stakeholders in their research field.
BECC as a research area also organises workshops with joint participation by researchers and stakeholders to identify needs from society, e.g. greening the economy, forestry in a changing climate, revision of the Common Agricultural Policy, bioenergy on agricultural land and greenhouse gas emission from wetlands.
Participants include e.g. the European Environment Agency, Board of Agriculture, forest companies, regional councils, Federation of Swedish Farmers and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
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These are some examples of organizations, authorities and groups that BECC researchers are working with:
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),
- The European parliament
- UN ECEC Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution,
- the Arctic Council
- Directorate general for the Environment (European Commission),
- the Swedish Ministry of Environment,
- the Swedish Energy Agency.