A recent study by Ann-Kathrin Neureuther et al. for BfN (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) of European National Biodiversity Stategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) was undertaken to provide a basis for possible future detailed studies of European biodiversity policies with a special focus on their ethical reasoning and their communication strategy.
This desk study was a preliminary assessment of (suitable) NBSAPs devised by countries of the European Union and Norway. The study analyzed the following characteristics of the NBSAPs
- What? – what type of document and ties to existing initiatives
- How? – sectors, structures and special focal points addressed by the document
- Who? – addressers and addressees of the document.
The study concluded that there are two main obstacles to a comprehensive and sound policy comparison – the availability of primary and secondary source information. The paper also concluded that there is an issue with data availability at the European level regarding research on biodiversity politics. This lack of data indicates that there is a need for more research on the topic particularly with regards to ethics and communication.