Table 2. Summary of responses from the first Integrating Water and Agricultural Management (IWAM) workshop.
Summary from breakout
How to improve the links between research scientists and
To generate policy relevant science, policy makers need
to communicate their needs to the research community.
We require greater participation by policy makers for
Defra science and policy staff require assistance from
the research community to make sure they are up to date with high quality policy
Policy relevance of a Defra final report (SID 5) needs to
be included in an upfront specific section.
There is a need for a greater awareness of work carried
out in Scotland.
Future Defra projects must have the policy implications
stated clearly, so that the researcher is aware of what the policy maker may
need and how they plan to use the outputs.
Adoption of a “Milk round” type approach to
get across key facts to policy makers.
Interface with Defra Science Advisory
Science-policy translators/intermediaries have an
How could the evidence base be
We have made progress in understanding the drivers,
states, and impacts of environmental policy issues.
Defra science and policy staff need to carefully define
what evidence is required.
Greater integration with relevant research in Defra and
external research is required e.g. RELU and Living with Environmental Change
Research outputs should be framed in terms of activities
that end users will need to do to improve the quality of the
There is a need to improve the scientific basis of
current policy instruments e.g., environmental stewardship based on the best
There is a need to relate what scientists see as gaps and
uncertainties to current and future policy needs.
How to rank gaps in different subject areas?
Feedback on WQ0109 Integrating Agricultural and Water
Defra coordination activities are a welcome activity.
There is a need for more integrated activities as well as more detailed subject
specific assessment of the gaps and uncertainties in key policy science areas.
Science theme leaders need to have a policy contact, so
what they do is policy relevant.
Greater involvement of ecologists, social scientists and
water resource hydrologists is essential.