This workshop was aimed at researchers and lectures from the four project partners and research institutions to assist in the development of different types of policy briefs. Content during the three-day course combined theoretical knowledge and practical demonstrations to provide training in the drafting of a policy brief.
Specifically, the workshop included:
- Researcher presentations
- Developing policy briefs
- Practical exercise on writing advocacy policy briefs (group workshop)
- Presenting national policy brief examples
The workshop included interactive and practical exercises as well as short presentations from participants on their research topics. These exchanges highlighted the range of active biodiversity research themes and allowed participants to frame their work and provide a means for disseminating their results.
Workshop presentations also focused on the definition and importance of developing an advocacy or objective policy brief for biodiversity conservation. A further talk outlined the more technical methods and requirements to structure a policy brief.
Ideas and information from the talks were applied by the participants in two group workshops that focused on developing an advocacy policy brief for an economic valuation of coastal algae in a national context, and an advocacy brief for reforestation as a solution to national forest degradation. Ideas were then presented and feedback was provided via an evaluation to support participant’s knowledge gained from this exercise.