Below is the link for a very interesting and very insightful youtube video detailing the concept and evolution of adaptive management. Dr. Bryan Norton at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that one common reason for many arguments between environmental economists and environmental ethicists is that both disciplines have become too focused and inter-locked on…

The lecture and readings on post-normal science were interesting but hard to fully digest and comprehend its meaning and proper application. As stated applying post-normal science is advisable when addressing issues that are laced with uncertainty and the stakes are high. From what I gather PNS aims to transgress decision-making approaches by involving stakeholders, integrating…

As mentioned in the lecture Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Monitoring and Auditing are common tools used for scoping decision options. My research led me to investigate the EMS and Auditing procedure in place at Apple Inc. Such information was made available in their 2016 Sustainability Report (a link is provided below). It turns out that…

This week’s lecture series and essential readings were focused on the importance of public participation and stakeholder input in the environmental decision making process. Additional research first led me to the PISCES website (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem). Here I found a collection of case studies, which demonstrated how making the voice…

Unit 12  Implementation and learning from the process.

While no blog post was specifically required for this unit, I thought the reading from the Overseas Development Institute was particularly excellent. Having worked in listed entities, government departments and ministerial offices and been on the giving and receiving ends of policy influencing approaches, I found this discussion quite interesting. There are a few things…

UNIT 11 Risk management

Unit 11 spent much time discussing the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle is perhaps one of the greatest inclusions in environmental management thinking. It gives the natural environment the benefit of the doubt and makes a virtue of the fact that there are “unknown, unknowns”. “Unknown unknowns” is a phrase that comes from the “Cynefin…

UNIT 10 Adaptive management

The unit discussed the issue of adaptive management. Interestingly, one of the slides talked about research indicating less than 20 per cent of a sample of academic papers on natural resource management referred to the use of adaptive management for a project. The lecturer then detailed barriers to adaptive management as a discussion point in…

UNIT 9 Decision making methodologies

This unit concerned decision making and there were quite a few angles to it – the theory of decision making, processes for decision making and examples of decision making. This unit gave me cause to come to the view that decision making thinking in the next few years is going to have to be totally…

Unit 10

I view the process of complex management and adaptive management as the process of combining the majority of themes from previous weeks which creates a framework that is needed to tackle difficult environmental decisions and implement sound environmental policies. By looking at the previous week’s topic, which included identifying stakeholders, public participation, data gathering, tools…

Framing the issues

Characterizing the context of the issue very important for both being able to participate in and facilitate environmental decision-making processes. In order to understand the understand the ‘big picture’ of the current state of a particular environment, we can use a management tool such as PESTEL analysis.   PESTEL analysis consists of Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental,…

Risk management cycle

As the global trend towards industrialization accelerates, population boom and cities continue to grow ever larger, the environmental decision making- process is becoming increasing challenge. The risk management cycle is one of the most significant parts of the environmental decision- making process. The risk means that there is a potential threat out of the control…