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1 March 2011 The Challenge of Bridging Science and Policy in the Baltic Sea Eutrophication Governance in Finland: The Perspective of Science
Mia Pihlajamäki, Nina Tynkkynen
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This article examines the views of scientists on intricacies of scientific knowledge that affect science-policy interface in the Baltic Sea eutrophication governance in Finland. The analysis demonstrates that these intricacies can be divided into five categories: (1) uncertainty of knowledge concerning ecological processes, (2) heterogeneity of knowledge, (3) societal and political call for (certain) knowledge, (4) contingency of the knowledge that ends up taken as a baseline for decision making and further research, and (5) linkages of knowledge production, processing, and communication to particular characteristics of individual researchers and research societies. By explicating these aspects, this article illustrates the ways in which scientific knowledge concerning eutrophication is human-bound and susceptible to interpretation, thus adding on to the uncertainty of the Baltic Sea environmental governance. The aim is, then, to open up perspectives on how ambiguities related to science-policy interface could be coped with.

© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2011
Mia Pihlajamäki and Nina Tynkkynen "The Challenge of Bridging Science and Policy in the Baltic Sea Eutrophication Governance in Finland: The Perspective of Science," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 40(2), 191-199, (1 March 2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-010-0130-4
Published: 1 March 2011
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KEYWORDS
environmental governance
Eutrophication
Finland
Keywords Baltic Sea
Knowledge production
Science—policy interface
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