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INGSA announces annual essay competition for Latin America and the Caribbean

The LAC annual essay competition on Governmental Scientific Advice: Scientific Advice in Public Policies related to Biodiversity has now been launched. Deadline: 15 August 2023

INGSA LAC invites scientists, academics, professionals, and policymakers residing in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the 2023 Annual Essay Competition on Governmental Scientific Advice.

The objective of this competition is to encourage the submission of essays that reflect on how scientific advice can contribute to the design of public policies (executive, legislative, and regulatory mechanisms) that national and local governments can adopt to promote the protection and restoration of nature, as agreed upon in the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) of Kunming-Montreal 2022, which involved the participation of 196 countries.

Authors are expected to consider the scientific evidence informing the state of biodiversity at the time of formulating and implementing public policies at the local or national level that contribute to achieving the objectives of the agreement in their respective countries. Essays can provide a general overview of the GBF or focus on specific objectives or targets within its framework.

To participate, interested individuals must submit their proposals to our email address,, before August 15, 2023. Essays should have a word count of 1,500 to 2,000 and can be written in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. The best essays will be invited to participate in the annual workshop organized by INGSA LAC.

It is important to note that essays must be original and unpublished, and participants warrant that the submitted works are their own and do not infringe upon any intellectual property rights of third parties.

The jury, composed of distinguished individuals from academia and the government sector, will be determined by INGSA LAC. Three prizes will be awarded, with the first prize receiving USD 300, and the second and third prizes USD 200 each. Additionally, special mentions will be given to outstanding essays as determined by the evaluation committee.

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