Colloquium on Knowledge Integration at the Science-Policy Interface
Between November 11th and 17th 2012, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) held the colloquium for “Knowledge Integration at the Science-Policy Interface” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 22 participants from nine countries were present.
The main objective of the meeting was to explore issues on climate change, such as vulnerability, risk and adaptation, data integration, GIS methods and tools to generate recommendations on decision making and the use of governance mechanisms in the institutional structures. The most important activities of the event were:
- Presentations and sharing of experiences on the importance of integrating knowledge of the social and natural sciences, considering that management policies are not only based on robust scientific knowledge, but also on the understanding of the institutional factors that shape policy responses. It also aimed to train future decision makers in integrating social and physical knowledge within the interface of science and politics.
- The participants received training in the open use of GIS tools (Quantum GIS, Panoply) to answer complex questions and set priorities, collect quantitative and qualitative data using surveys and other social science methods, and how to deal with scientific uncertainty.
- Multinational interdisciplinary teams worked on topics such as disaster preparedness and mitigation, urban emissions and risk, human health and water management to develop group research plans for the Training Institute Seed Grant (TISG) proposals.
The main result of the informal meeting was the agreement to continue and expand the use of free tools through internal training. We presented a seed project, funded by IAI, which was attended by various institutions (INTA, EMPRAPA, Universidad de Chile, ESPOL) interested in the issue of climate variability and impacts on agricultural productionto strengthen management capacity for international grants, and to increase the participation of countries in IAI research programs.
For more information on the colloquium agenda and its results, please check the following link: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/final-announcement-colloquia.pdf