Communications & Education

GOAL

To provide state-of-the-art, verifiable, timely and accessible information and capacity building tools for policy, industry, education, science and finance, to facilitate connectivity, collaboration and informed decision-making.

SCOPE

This Work Stream focuses on creating, translating, packaging, managing and disseminating technical and scientific information to enable enhanced understanding and decision-making related to management of natural and social capital and biodiversity conservation. 

This is achieved developing:

•    clearly defined sustainability frameworks 
•    interactive resources, information management and knowledge sharing systems
•    education, training, capacity building curricula/modules and toolkits 
•    narratives, story telling and targeted messaging

The work stream deploys itself globally and transversally across RESP’s four other work streams as well as RESP’s working groups, and industry sectors. It engages and interacts with different audiences and stakeholders including all actors along the value chain, local communities, policy makers, the media, academia, and scientists.

VALUE 

Awareness of, and access to, crucial information which is not readily available to all parties will create an enhanced evidence-base for decision-making in areas related to socio-economic and environment management, design and innovation processes, natural capital accounting and valuation, consumption, applied science and policy formulation. It will help decision-makers navigate through scientific and technical information and easily extract the data most relevant to their sphere of influence, creating a culture of conservation and  inspiring and empowering them to act as change agents.

This will result in better decision-making that duly accounts for and considers impacts and risks, as well as overall improvements in the functioning and transparency of value chains, policy instruments and educational programmes.

BENEFITS

•    Local communities

By sharing knowledge with all actors along the value chain and providing local communities with clear information about alternative business models, the work stream will ultimately help to educate and reassure local communities, allowing them to explore new business models and alternative sources of income. This will improve their working conditions and livelihoods and empower them to take ownership of the biodiversity conservation effort .

•    Industry

The work stream will allow businesses to improve management of their procurement, sourcing and supply chains in order to improve their planning and budgeting activities and reduce their costs and lead times. The sharing of knowledge among employees and suppliers will also improve innovation and  lead to more sustainable products and practices.

•    Governments (policy makers)

The work stream will allow policy makers to improve their responsiveness to spikes or surges in the use of natural resources and their ability to conduct appropriate law enforcement and monitoring, as well as using shared knowledge to create their own local communication and education initatives. 

•    Nature (biodiversity)

Access to knowledge and education will help to instil a sustainability culture as well as awareness of sustainable consumption and the relevant practices, which will directly impact on natural resources by effectively managing the extraction of non-renewable resources and by regenerating affected ecosystems and  biodiversity health. 

•    Academic / education

Sharing knowledge and developing innovative curricula and education resources with academic partners will benefit the wider education sector and provide students with a deeper understanding of sustainability and biodiversity, ultimately advancing practices that balance ecological, societal and economic resilience.