The importance of problem-framing

This week we focus on the environment decision making and problem framing. Obviously, the concept of sustainable development of environment has become more and more important. With the increasing challenge of environment, it is necessary to find specific alleviate strategies aiming at different environmental issues.

For the personal perspective, problem framing is the first and the most important step when we attempt to find effective solution. Framing problems means focus on theoretical perspectives to know how relevant stakeholders including individuals, groups and societies, organize, perceive and communicate interact with each other. Sometimes, due to the complexity of environmental problems and conflicting of social construction, it is really difficult to understand the causes and effects of the environmental issues. Problem-framing recognizes the importance of structure and finally create a problem-solving environment that not only encourages participation but also can yield better approaches to our environmental problems (Bardwell 1991). According to Dovers and Hussey (2005), problems definition is an entry point to the nest stage of environmental decision making. For example, in the case study of biodiversity loss in the Great Barrier Reef, before the Australia government set up conservation strategies, analysis different aspect from tourist, coral industry, economic development, ethical concern is necessary to find better solution. therefore, problem framing is useful for understanding social construction and find the better solution for the environmental issues.

reference list:

1.Bardwell, L.V. (1991), Problem-Framing: A perspective on environmental problem-solving,  environmental management, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 603-611.

2.Dovers, S. and Hussey, K. (2005) Chapter 5: Problem framing. In: Environment and sustainability. Federation Press.

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