15 Aug 2023
 | 15 Aug 2023
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GC Insights: Fostering transformative change for biodiversity restoration through transdisciplinary research

Bikem Ekberzade, Rita Carrasco, Adam Izdebski, Adriano Sofo, Annegret Larsen, Felicia Akinyemi, Viktor Bruckman, Noel Baker, Simon Clark, Chloe Hill, and the EGU Biodiversity Task Force

Abstract. Despite being considered one of the most pressing global issues, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems is continuing at an alarming rate. In December 2022, COP15 saw the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, where four overarching international goals for biodiversity and 23 targets. While these targets are a positive step to address the drivers of biodiversity loss, we will not only need public and political will to reach the goals and targets outlined but also more effective methods to integrate and use scientific information. To facilitate this, scientists and research institutions need to establish new and innovative approaches to transform the way science is conducted, communicated, and integrated into the policymaking process. This will require the scientific community to become proficient at working in inter and transdisciplinary teams, establishing connectivity, and engaging in the policymaking process to ensure that the best available scientific evidence is not only comprehensible to decision makers, but also timely and relevant. Here, we detail how scientists can embrace transformative change within and outside of their own communities to increase the impact of their research and help reach global targets that benefit society.

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To reverse the decline in global biodiversity and meet the targets set by the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, we will need to make substantial changes across all sectors. This includes academia and the way in which research is conducted and communicated. In this article, we outline how the scientific community can embrace transdisciplinarity and connectivity, and support the integration of scientific evidence into the policymaking process.