The work programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) up to 2030 includes, in its objective 2 on capacity-building, efforts to encourage the development of science-policy platforms, networks and assessments for biodiversity and ecosystem services at the national and (sub)regional levels. Several organizations support the implementation of this objective through their own work. One of them is UNEP-WCMC’s National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative.
The Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) is one of twelve country assessments supported by that initiative. The NEAs contribute to enhanced national capacities in the science-policy interface and thereby also generally support the work of IPBES.
The 12 NEAs follow, at the national level, processes adapted from the IPBES assessment process, and deliver a scoping report, an assessment report composed of chapters and a summary for policymakers (SPM). The Grenada NEA has produced additional resources e.g. a scoping video and will produce additional outputs for example a citizen’s guide to the NEA to cater for the needs of civil society. Grenada is the first Small Island Developing State (SID) and first Caribbean country to conduct a nation-wide ecosystem assessment following this methodology adapted from IPBES.
The following sections provide NEA publishing and citation guidance for the Grenada NEAs Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs), Lead Authors, Contributing Authors (CAs); Fellows (FLs); Review Editors (REs); External Reviewers (ERs) and Contributors of Local Knowledge (CLKs).
It is anticipated that the list of authors and contributors for each output will be in flux as new authors join or if current authors withdraw from the process. Apart from these potential changes:
It is expected that the NEA technical report will be cited as Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (2023). Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment. J. Agard, A. St. Louis and S. Ferguson (eds). UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK; Government of Grenada, St. Georges, Grenada; Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago.
The NEA SPM will be cited as Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (2023). Grenada national Ecosystem Assessment Summary for Policy Makers. J. Agard, A. St. Louis; S. Ferguson & CLAs (eds.). UNEP-WCMS, Cambridge, UK; Government of Grenada, St. Georges, Grenada; Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago.
Each chapter will be cited as:
List of CLAs, LAs, and CAs. Title of Chapter. In: Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (2023). Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment. J. Agard, A. St. Louis and S. Ferguson (eds). UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK; Government of Grenada, St. Georges, Grenada; Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago.
The first page of each chapter in the NEA Technical Report will state the preferred chapter citation. CLAs, LAs, CAs, REs, FLs, ERs will be listed by role on this first page. Depending on the engagement processes utilised, the CLKs will either be listed here as well per chapter or listed on pages at the beginning or end of the publication.
Options for publishing the NEA through an academic publishing house will be explored. Chapter CLAs, LAs and CAs are encouraged to collaborate to submit articles to relevant journals based on their chapters. However, this is only permissible after the NEA is completed and it is validated at the national level.
Each NEA output should carry the following logos reflecting publishers, partners and donors with a disclaimer on the report inside cover stating that the NEA does not necessarily reflect the opinion of said partners and donors. Partners and donors will be approached close to completion of NEA outputs for final approval with regards to the use and appearance of their logos
The NEA report will prominently display in its cover the following text: The procedures followed for the preparation of this National Ecosystem Assessment has been adapted from the IPBES assessment process.