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About this book
About this book
Decision-makers increasingly seek to design environmental and development policies that will support sustainable development. Thus, practical tools to help formulate sustainable development policies and clear methods to assess their acceptability and effectiveness are urgently needed. This book aims to contribute to meeting these needs by presenting both analytical and empirical aspects of decision-making processes. The authors explore the methods of integrating environmental and social sciences to support participatory policy design, implementation and assessment of sustainable development policies. These methods are applied and discussed with reference to several case studies from various regions of the world. Although each chapter has a distinct focus, they all contribute to a clearer understanding of how sustainable development is perceived and assessed by society. The book is interdisciplinary, emphasizing how the integration of a wide set of disciplines and stakeholder perspectives into the policy-making process can help better understand sustainable development policies.
Part one - methodological issues towards integrative analysis: reconciling the irreconcilable, Judith Bradbury, Steve Rayner; reframing environmental valuation - reasoning about resource use and the redistribution of sustainability, Martin O'Connor; multicriteria-based environmental policy, Silvio O. Funtowicz, Juan Martinez-Alier, Giuseppe Munda, Jerry Ravetz; integrated assessment - current practices and challenges for the future, Jan Rotmans, Marjolein B.A. Van Asselt. Part two - participatory frameworks: ecological and economic context of the proposed Paraguay-Parana Hidrovia and implications for decision-making, Emiko Kawakami de Resende, Sylvia S. Tognetti; collaborative planning and co-management - the development plan for Zudanez, Chhuquisaca, Bolivia, Claudia E. Natenzon, Hector A. Poggiese; challenges and opportunities for scientist-stakeholder collaboration in integrated assessment of climate change, Stewart J. Cohen; signs of life - linking indicators and models in the context of QUEST, Dale S. Rothman, John B. Robinson, Dave Biggs. Part three - perspectives in ecological economic modelling: integrated modelling and evaluation of spatial and dynamic-evolutionary processes in environment-economic systems, Jeroen C.J.M. Van Den Bergh; non-equilibrium theory of African arid ecosystems, designing for monitoring and evaluation, Maryam Niamir-Fuller; linking the environment with production activities - an extended input-output model to assess the impacts of production on deforestation, Maria J. Willumsen; dynamic modelling of energy use and emissions, the case of US iron and steel, Matthias Ruth.