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Policy support tools and methodologies

Policy support tools and methodologies are approaches and techniques based on science and other knowledge systems, including indigenous and local knowledge, that can inform, assist and enhance relevant decisions, policy-making and implementation at the local, national, regional and international levels to protect nature, thereby promoting nature's contribution to people and a good quality of life.

Instruments

Instruments

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Tools

Tools

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Case studies

Case studies

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Training

Training

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Assessment

Assessment

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Policy support tools and methodologies are approaches and techniques based on science and other knowledge systems, including indigenous and local knowledge, that can inform, assist and enhance relevant decisions, policy-making and implementation at the local, national, regional and international levels to protect nature, thereby promoting nature’s contributions to people and a good quality of life.

When developing a typology of policy support tools and methodologies, a number of families of approaches and techniques need to be acknowledged, each of which addresses different types of decisions, decision-making institutions or policy-making cultures in the development, implementation and adaptation of policy, to the benefit of people and nature. Some tools and methodologies may be part of more than one family.

The following seven families of tools and methodologies, defined in terms of the broad challenges addressed and with examples of tools and methodologies for each, are used in this catalogue:

  • Family 1. Assembling data and knowledge (including monitoring)
  • Family 2. Assessment and evaluation
  • Family 3. Public discussion, involvement and participatory process
  • Family 4. Selection and design of policy instruments
  • Family 5. Implementation, outreach and enforcement
  • Family 6. Training and capacity building
  • Family 7. Social learning, innovation and adaptive governance