Culturally diverse expert teams have yet to bring comprehensive linguistic diversity to intergovernmental ecosystem assessments

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Lynch , A J , Fernandez-Llamazares , A , Palomo , I , Jaureguiberry , P , Amano , T , Basher , Z , Lim , M , Heita Mwampamba , T , Samakov , A & Selomane , O 2021 , ' Culturally diverse expert teams have yet to bring comprehensive linguistic diversity to intergovernmental ecosystem assessments ' , One Earth , vol. 4 , no. 2 , pp. 269-278 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.01.002

Title: Culturally diverse expert teams have yet to bring comprehensive linguistic diversity to intergovernmental ecosystem assessments
Author: Lynch, Abigail J.; Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Palomo, Ignacio; Jaureguiberry, Pedro; Amano, Tatsuya; Basher, Zeenatul; Lim, Michelle; Heita Mwampamba, Tuyeni; Samakov, Aibek; Selomane, Odirilwe
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Global Change and Conservation Lab
Date: 2021-02-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: One Earth
ISSN: 2590-3330
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.01.002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340660
Abstract: Multicultural representation is a stated goal of many global scientific assessment processes. These processes aim to mobilize a broader, more diverse knowledge base and increase legitimacy and inclusiveness of these assessmentprocesses. Often, enhancingculturaldiversity is encouragedthrough involvementofdiverse expert teams and sources of knowledge in different languages. In this article, we examine linguistic diversity, as one representation of cultural diversity, in the eight published assessments of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platformon Biodiversity and EcosystemServices (IPBES). Our results showthat the IPBESassessment outputs are disproportionately filtered through English-language literature and authors fromAnglophone countries. To incorporatemore linguistic diversity into global ecosystemassessmentprocesses, wepresent actionable steps for global science teams to recognize and incorporate non-English-language literature and contributions from non-Anglophones. Our findings highlight the need for broad-scale actions that enhance inclusivity in knowledge synthesis processes through balanced representation of different knowledge holders and sources.
Subject: KNOWLEDGE
SCIENCE
LANGUAGE
IPBES
PUBLICATIONS
BIODIVERSITY
DOMINATION
ENGLISH
1172 Environmental sciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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