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New Taskforce on the Governance of Nature and Biodiversity

There are a large number of ESG Project scholars working on biodiversity, also demonstrated particularly in panels and sessions at the 2021 Conference. We are glad therefore to officially launch the new taskforce on the Governance of Nature and Biodiversity. Co-conveners Hens Runhaar (Utrecht University) and Yves Zinngrebe (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) set up the taskforce to lead our network’s capabilities to address the ongoing loss of nature and biodiversity due to human activity and exacerbated by climate change. The taskforce seeks to bring together, build and lead a community of social scientists in response to this challenge.

The taskforce seeks to bring together a diverse set of social science researchers working on the governance of nature from a variety of disciplines. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, subjects and meanings associated with nature and biodiversity and their implications, new forms of governance such as ‘telecoupling governance’ and public-private partnerships; effectiveness of public and private governance arrangements; legitimacy and contestation; actor networks, power and accountability; and science-policy interfaces.

Relevant scholars are called to become involved in the latest taskforce within the Earth System Governance Project: Taskforce on the Governance of Nature and Biodiversity. The next Taskforce meeting on 21 January, 13:30-16:30 CET.

For all information and contact details of the conveners, please refer to the taskforce page.

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