The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies' (TES)
Volume 3, Number 2, June. 2004

ISSN 1602-2297

Producing Multidisciplinary

State of the Environment Reports:

Two Tales from Finland

Jari Lyytimäki (formerly: Jari Välimäki)
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), PO. Box 140, 02510 Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: Disseminating information produced by environmental research to decision-makers and the public is a prerequisite for effective environmental policy formulation and implementation. This paper explores the possibilities for improving the efficiency of producing national level State of the Environment (SoE) reports. The main focus is on practical problems related to preparation of SoE reports, such as co-operation between editors and between different stakeholders. The preparation processes relating to two recently published Finnish SoE reports are described. The cases presented here indicate that the key factors for successful preparation of a SoE report include experience gained with earlier projects, trust between editors and co-operation with various stakeholders. Social capital is proposed as a potentially useful concept when developing the practices of SoE reporting.

Keywords: State of the environment, reporting, multimedia, textbook, integration of knowledge, participation, social capital

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