During Session T14 of the 4th International ESP Latin America and Caribbean Conference (6 -10 November 2023, La Serena, Chile), SELINA partners unveiled its transdisciplinary knowledge co-production framework developed within the SELINA public Demonstration Projects (DPs) work package. This framework was the basis for comprehending the decision-making context within the seven SELINA public DPs during the project's first year. The session, hosted and moderated by Jarumi Kato from the University of Trento (Italy) and Daniel Rozas from the Catholic University of Temuco (Chile), centred on presenting and discussing the framework's adaptability to Latin American contexts, aiming to support the implementation of Nature-based solutions (NbS) to address climate change and biodiversity loss in urban areas.
The presentation highlighted the framework's core elements and strengths, drawing from best practices and early results derived from the SELINA public DPs. These results encompassed discussions on essential policy questions, objectives, stakeholder identification mechanisms, and the selection of ecosystem services assessment methods tailored to diverse policy needs. Following the introduction of the framework, attendees' discussions underscored the indispensable role of community engagement in effectively applying the transdisciplinary knowledge co-production framework in Latin American contexts. Therefore, the active involvement of local communities and decision-makers becomes pivotal in ensuring evidence-based policies are not just scientifically robust but also culturally sensitive and socially inclusive.
SELINA's introduction of this framework at the ESP conference marks a significant step towards fostering sustainable practices within European contexts and beyond. Furthermore, the collaborative efforts and discussions sparked by SELINA’s public DPs work package developments, highlight a growing global commitment to serve as a model for other regions grappling with a wide range of environmental challenges worldwide.