Abstract:

Environment Sector Research, Development and Evidence Framework: An approach to enhance science-policy interface and evidence-based policy making

This presentation addresses the need for a common framework for the collection of solid evidence that can be used in support of environment sector policy decisions and for the achievement of sector priorities. In response to the pressing environmental issues of our times, the framework is seeking to develop a more rigorous approach that gathers, critically appraises and uses high quality research evidence to inform policy-making and professional practice.
The Outcome 10, Environment Sector Plan and South African Environment Outlook priorities are used to identify evidence needs and likely future developments. These environmental issues inform the environmental research questions and the agenda for the sector at thematic level. The context for this framework is to implement the national R&D goals through responding to the Environment Sector Plan and Outcome 10 evidence needs, while ensuring a coordinated common approach for developing sector thematic strategies. The knowledge transfer between researchers and policy makers in the environmental sector needs to be strengthened. Policy-makers and researchers need to work more closely together by means of established, regular and trusting interaction and dialogue.
The aims of the framework :

  • To ensure science-policy interface for sustained (Environment Sector Plan) and changed agenda (Outcome 10)
  • To improve sector’s ability to identify priority evidence needs by working with others (National, provincial, local, private, civil society,  NGOs, research institutions and academia)
  • To ensure that all sector policies are based on a robust and broad understanding of relevant evidence
  • To align the sector’s Research & Development investment with sector priorities and maximise the value of this investment  To ensure that the sector has skills and effective processes for knowledge management, assembling and communicating evidence and sector priorities

Ten sector themes identified are:

  • Biodiversity
  • Waste
  • Sustainable Development
  • Oceans & coast
  • Air quality
  • Climate change
  • Impact Management
  • Compliance & enforcement
  • Green economy
  • Water

This environment sector research, development and evidence framework was recommended by Environment MINTECH (National Department of Environmental Affairs Director General and Provincial Head of Departments) in May 2012 and approved for implementation by Environment MINMEC (Minister of Water and Environment and provincial MECs) in June 2012

Presentation Topic

Environment Sector Research, Development and Evidence Framework: An approach to enhance science-policy interface and evidence-based policy making

 

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Director Sustainable Development, National Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X447, Pretoria 0001, Tel: 012 310 3508.

 

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