How safe are we?

Image source: healthimpactnews.com In Unit 11 this week we looked at the role of risk assessment in environmental decision making.  Coming from a mining background the use of risk assessment in decision making is a standard practice for all kinds of fields (business, people’s safety, the environment etc.).  The methodology is pretty much always the same…

Adaptive Monitoring and Management Plans

For the last 13 years or so I have been working alongside engineers, who, when it comes to managing a program don’t seem to understand natural systems.  After all, if you use the right contractors you only have to pour concrete once.  Monitoring of their projects are set around a very rigid set of criteria,…

Rational Consensus

On slide four of this week’s lecture we saw the four steps of the Rational Decision Making process.  I cannot tell you how often step four has bitten me, solving problems ‘at least cost’.  The budgets for sites which need to be rehabilitated or remediated can be ridiculous depending on what needs to be done…

Scenarios – They’re not just for high end decision making.

I slowly drifted into environmental management as a career.  I started in landscaping and quite a few years later ended up rehabilitating a 2000Ha sand and gravel quarry.  I didn’t have any formal qualifications in environmental management which is why when the project started to approach the end I started this course.  I have no…

What affects my decision making.

Despite the fact that the lecture focused on the analytical tools used in the EDM process, for some reason I found myself focusing on the behavioral tools.  How I should probably try and start using them more and how much they actually get used on me to influence the decisions I make. As mentioned in…

I’m not guessing, I’m post normal thinking!!

When I first started work in the environmental field, the person who was mentoring me told me “the best environmental scientists are the one who can guess the best”.  He was of course referring to the calculated guesses we make when trying to determine all the variables which have an impact on a system and…

Is consultation interactive?

I have been involved in community consultation on a couple of occasions now primarily following OEH guidelines in relation to Aboriginal heritage.  Possibly because I took it seriously, it was quite an interactive process with a considerable amount of input taken into consideration.  On the scale of public interaction provided in the lecture notes it…

What do I really know?

I always thought that I was a very rational fact driven person. That facts and scientific discoveries formed my view on how the world works. I didn’t necessarily always agree with how the world works from a moral or ethical standpoint but I knew what was right and wrong factually speaking. Or did I. I’d…