Week 9 Complex Systems and adaptive management

Carl Walters and CS Holling, and originally termed Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management (AEAM), this approach emphasizes identifying critical uncertainties regarding natural resource dynamics and the design of diagnostic management experiments to reduce these uncertainties (Walters 2007). The AM process is a learning cycle that can be distilled down to six stages (Fig. 1). Aside…

Week 8: Decisions: science, risk and knowledge

The environment risk management approaches for environmental decision making at four different levels. It is part of a long term project aimed at developing decision-making processes consistent with sustainable management.   Basic criteria for “good” decision making are efficiency, effectiveness and equity. A further criterion specific to environmental decision making is flexibility. In the context…

Week 7: Decision making methodologies

‚ÄúDecision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Making a decision implies that there are alternative choices to be considered, and in such a case we want not only to identify as many of these alternatives as possible but to choose the one…