Scientific and environmental policy
Assessing and Strengthening the Science and EU Environment Policy Interface
Client : European Commission / DG Environment
Scientific evidence underpins EU environment policy. The links between science and policy can be complex: scientific research and policy making operate in separate spheres, following different methods and objectives. An effective interface is needed, however, to identify and address environmental problems effectiveness.
Within the European Commission, DG Environment has identified the need to strengthen its interface with the scientific world. Currently, the DG uses a range of independent, ad hoc approaches to acquire scientific evidence for each policy topic it addresses. Moreover, a systematic approach for cross-cutting and emerging issues is not in place.
Milieu (with partner Collingwood Environmental Planning) is supporting DG Environment in exploring options for a stronger framework for the interface between science and EU environmental policy.
The work is being carried out through a series of tasks:
1. a review of how the science into environmental policy interface works today within DG Environment, through a review of 10 policy areas;
2. the identification of science/policy interfaces, methods and practices in Member States, third countries and also at UN level, for a “long list” of examples;
3. in-depth reviews of a dozen interfaces outside the European Commission, to analyse their strengths and weaknesses and possible lessons for EU level;
4. a workshop of practitioners from both the science and policy side to discuss how to strengthen the EU science into environmental policy interface;
5. the information gathered and analysed will be considered in preparing recommendations for further EU action.