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Consultation on the research foci of the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network

The Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network has recently published a preliminary synthesis document on its research foci for the coming five years. The foci include biodiversity, ecosystem services, governance and fair stewardship of natural assets, socio-economical transformations for sustainable consumption of natural resources, and scenarios and modelling to support multilateral agreements.

This synthesis document has now been opened for a wider consultation, with the aim to capture feedback on its content from a wide range of academic and non-academic stakeholders. Joining the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to proposed priorities, their relevance and expected impacts.

As part of our ongoing activities, Future Earth initiated an internal consultation process on its Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network (Natural Assets KAN).
The Natural Assets KAN – a collaborative initiative building on contributions from the Future Earth internal Community (Global Research Projects, Fast-Track Initiatives, Clusters, Science and Engagement Committees, Regional Centres and Offices)  – will aim at achieving a scientifically-based, sustainable and fair stewardship of terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being by understanding relationships between biodiversity, ecosystems and their benefits to societies, as well as developing effective management and governance approaches. In January 2016 we invited the internal Future Earth community to submit informal documents on the potential core research foci that should be addressed under the Natural Assets KAN.

We gathered the community inputs into a draft synthesis document, which will pave the way to the conceptual and strategic development of this Knowledge-Action Network key research themes and activities. We now invite the wider community to review the synthesis document and give feedback in order to see if there are any missing pieces that have not yet been addressed. We invite feedback from both individuals and institutions.

The consultation will be open until Friday, 26th May 2017. If you have any questions regarding this consultation, including any technical problems, please contact

To access the consultation survey, please click on this link: 
You can also access a PDF version of the consultation questionnaire here and send it to us via email to