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BIOTRAILS shares preliminary results from Ghana at the EURO 2024 conference

We’re excited to share that Raffaele Giordano, BIOTRAILS Coordinator and leader of the activities related to Participatory System Dynamic Modelling (PSDM) for the Biodiversity-Climate-Society (BCS) nexus, recently participated in the 33rd European Conference on Operational Research (EURO 2024). Held in Copenhagen from June 30th to July 3rd, this prestigious conference provided a platform to showcase BIOTRAILS’ innovative work.


Highlighting Innovation in Policy Making

Raffaele’s presentation was part of the “OR Innovation in Policy Making” session, which focused on the latest advancements in operational research methods and tools to support policy design. Specifically, he introduced the PSDM framework developed in BIOTRAILS’ WP3 ‘Impact of Indirect Drivers and Nexus Framework’ and shared preliminary results from its implementation in the gold mining value chain (Ghana).

From Nexus Thinking to Nexus Doing

During his presentation, Raffaele emphasised the importance of the nexus concept as a framework to address institutional fragmentation that can impede biodiversity-related transformative change. While the nexus concept is compelling, its practical implementation in policy-making remains challenging. BIOTRAILS aims to bridge this gap by facilitating the transition from nexus thinking to nexus doing

Raising Awareness and Designing Transformative Policies

The PSDM framework presented by Raffaele is designed to raise stakeholders’ awareness about the complexity of the nexus system and the necessity of adopting a system-thinking approach when designing nexus policies. The preliminary results from our activities in Ghana demonstrate that the PSDM can effectively communicate the complexity of the nexus and help focus on the key elements needed to design transformative policies.

Two critical issues emerged from the presentation:

1. The importance of a validation phase based on stakeholder knowledge

2. The need to compare policy analysis using both qualitative and quantitative system dynamic modelling.


BIOTRAILS is committed to incorporating these valuable insights into our future activities related to the BCS nexus analysis and management. 


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