How review subjects were chosen

It was mainly public agencies or other decision-makers and stakeholders in the environmental sector that proposed the subjects for Mistra EviEM’s reviews. It was they who should then be able to benefit from the results and apply them in practical environmental management.

Every systematic review carried out by Mistra EviEM summarises what research has shown about the issue concerned, and pinpoints any further knowledge requirements.  But the reviews give no recommendations as to how the results should be turned into environmental improvement measures. Instead, it is the task of decision-makers and other stakeholders to ensure that the reviews are used.

Decision-makers proposed subjects to be reviewed

Mistra EviEM invited ministries, public agencies, interest organisations, research funders and other organisations associated with environmental affairs to discuss issues where systematic reviews may be needed.

At these meetings, participants had the opportunity to raise topical environmental issues where they saw a knowledge gap. In consultation with the government agencies concerned, EviEM’s Secretariat then assessed which of these issues were suitable for a systematic review, with reference to existing studies and knowledge summaries, current research etc. As soon as EviEM’s Executive Committee had given approval, EviEM’s Secretariat started a project.

Since it may take two years to implement a review, it was important to check with the recipients that the results would be timely for their planned decisions. For an issue to be suitable as a subject for systematic review, it also had to fulfil a number of criteria and be formulated with great care.

In September 2012, decision-makers and other stakeholders in environmental affairs gathered for a second discussion with EviEM on conceivable topics for reviews. Photo: Claes Bernes.