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Environment science, public perception, stakeholders and policy makers
Convener: Paulo Pereira  | Co-Conveners: Panos Panagos , Agata Novara , Sigbert Huber , Aleksandra Tomczyk 
 / Tue, 25 Apr, 10:30–12:15
 / Attendance Tue, 25 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Communication of scientific information to public, stakeholders and policy makers is always a challenge for researchers. However, it is a fundamental step for the application of the knowledge produced, return to the society for their benefit. It is important to tackle this problem and bring together scientists, public, stakeholders and policy makers and find a common ground to discuss the knowledge produced by science. This is one of the major challenges that we have as a society. This assumes special importance in a world, where the population increase is unsustainable and the impact of human activities is unprecedented. The pressure of anthropogenic activities changed the climate on a global scale, induced a huge pressure on the ecosystems and increased the area affected by land degradation. These problems are mainly observed in less developed countries, where small shifts in environmental conditions can produce huge impacts in the society and economy, bringing frequently migrations, conflicts, and hunger. Science has answers to these questions, but it is important to be communicated efficiently and in a language understandable to the public, stakeholders, and policy-makers. This session aims to bring together studies focused on the communication of scientific results to public, stakeholders and policy-makers and their perception about environmental problems. Only understanding their vision about environmental challenges, we understand what science needs to know and communicate and how it should be done.

Selected contributions will be considered for a special issue in Land Degradation and Development (IF=8.145)