Engaging with stakeholders


PAGES aims to engage relevant stakeholders in its activities at a number of levels. The goal of increasing stakeholder engagement is a critical goal of our parent organization, Future Earth, as it works to ensure knowledge is generated in partnership with society and the users of science.

We define a stakeholder as any person or group who influences or is influenced by our research. This may include people from policy development, government agencies, non-governmental organizations including business groups and non-profit organizations, and other representatives in civil society.

Involving stakeholders can provide relevance, value, breadth, and depth to research. Key benefits, among others, may include assisting with framing and designing our scientific questions and outcomes, better knowledge and data input, and making a tangible contribution to future risk management or policy development.

Not all PAGES activities are suitable for stakeholder engagement, but for those that are, the engagement process will occur in a number of ways and times depending on the objectives of the particular stakeholder relationship and activity e.g. at the planning (co-design), working and synthesis (co-production), or dissemination stages.


PAGES Stakeholder Analysis

PAGES has identified some paleoscience stakeholders (based on previous collaborations and contacts), complemented by aspirations for medium-term engagement.

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Some examples of PAGES stakeholders as at May 2015. The inner circle represents organizations we currently work with on a regular basis. The middle circle, organizations we have had some engagement with, and the outer circle, organizations we could potentially engage with in the future. This is a working diagram which will evolve over time.


How we engage

We have put the following mechanisms in place to encourage stakeholder engagement and ensure broad representation and input at a number of levels within PAGES:

1. Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)

A small number of key stakeholders who influence or are influenced by our research at the international level will be invited to attend and contribute to our annual SSC meeting and associated scientific symposia usually organized alongside the SSC meeting.

2. Working Groups

Our WGs are encouraged to engage relevant stakeholders in their activities where possible. This is a concrete step to ensuring that the knowledge emerging from PAGES efforts is generated in partnership with society and the users of science.

WGs are encouraged to identify stakeholders, which may include people from policy development, government agencies, non-governmental organizations e.g. business groups and non-profit organizations, and other representatives in civil society.

Depending on the objectives of the stakeholder relationship, involving stakeholders can occur in a number of ways and times throughout the group's lifespan e.g. at the planning (co-design), working and synthesis (co-production), or dissemination stages.

For more guidance on engaging with stakeholders read our guidance document or contact the IPO.

3. PAGES-supported meetings

Meeting organizers receiving PAGES support to host a meeting are encouraged, through our application process, to consider how they might engage with local stakeholders.

For more guidance on engaging with stakeholders read our guidance document or contact the IPO.



Engage with us

We invite external parties who believe there would be mutual benefits in stakeholder interaction with PAGES to approach us. Please contact the Executive Director at the IPO to discuss in more detail.



Case studies

A small selection of recent stakeholder interactions:

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Ocean2k Leadership Team Member Nerilie Abram was invited by the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia to represent the work of the Ocean2k group in a briefing to Australia's Environment Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. The briefing focused on the future of the Great Barrier Reef and its world heritage status.
March 2015 - Canberra, Australia

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Kopp et al.'s sea-level rise projections (2014) drew in part upon statistical models originally developed for PALSEA-inspired paleo-sea level analysis. Kopp et al.'s projections served as inputs to the American Climate Prospectus (www.climateprospectus.org), the technical analysis underlying the Risky Business Project, and have received considerable attention from US stakeholders including the California Energy Commission, the South Florida Water Management District, the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, Washington Sea Grant, the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation, NOAA, and the National Park Service.
Late 2014 - early 2015 - USA

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PAGES’ 2k Consortium paper on regional temperature changes was featured in a report by the US Global Change Research Program that supplemented the President’s budget request for 2015 to the US Congress.
October 2014 - Washington, USA

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PAGES Euro-Med2k Working Group held a workshop: Compilation and evaluation of marine and terrestrial archives for Europe and the last 2k years, from 14-17 September 2014 in Soria, Spain. This was complemented by a public roundtable at the headquarters of the regional government, where members of Euro-Med2k discussed climate issues with local stakeholders (representatives of the local sylvicultural, agricultural, and myco-touristic (mushroom and truffle) industries and an interested lay audience). PAGES paleoclimatologists were able to place the ongoing Iberian drought in a historical context and compare the regional Spanish conditions with trends in other parts of the world.
September 2014 - Soria, Spain

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PAGES' 2k Network and PMIP3 held a joint workshop: Integrated analyses of reconstructions and multi-model simulations for the past two millennia from 4-6 November 2013 in Madrid, Spain. This workshop brought the modeling and data communities together. It was also a key event in Madrid Science Week. A number of scientists attending the workshop presented at a public outreach panel discussion entitled “Science and society facing climate change, do we understand each other? A video of this event was posted on PAGES’ YouTube channel.
November 2013 - Madrid, Spain

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PAGES’ Focus 4 Water Theme held a meeting: Ramsar Wetlands: Detecting Change in Ecological Character from 6-8 November 2013 in Queenscliff, Australia. The meeting brought key paleoecological researchers together with limnologists and ecologists to explore means of better understanding the nature of change and variability in key Ramsar wetlands across the globe. Representatives from the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) also attended with a view to encouraging ecological character assessment processes to better utilize and take into account the palaeoecological record.
November 2013 - Queenscliff, Australia

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In 2008, PAGES designed its Science Plan and working group structure based on consultation with IPCC lead authors. It was designed to fill the knowledge gaps identified in the 4th IPCC assessment report (AR4), e.g. on the dynamics of sea level, sea ice, monsoon, and regional climatic-environmental variability; all are now highlights in AR5.
2008 - 2013 - Worldwide