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Participatory modelling and decision support for natural resources management in climate change research

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  • Carlo Giupponi

    () (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Ca� Foscari University of Venice)

  • Jaroslav Mysiak

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Alessandra Sgobbi

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

Abstract

The ever greater role given to public participation by laws and regulations, in particular in the field of environmental management calls for new operational methods and tools for managers and practitioners. This paper analyses the potentials and the critical limitations of current approaches in the fields of simulation modelling (SM), public participation (PP) and decision analysis (DA), for natural resources management within the context of climate change research. The potential synergies of combining SM, PP and DA into an integrated methodological framework are identified and a methodological proposal is presented, called NetSyMoD (Network Analysis - Creative System Modelling - Decision Support), which aims at facilitating the involvement of stakeholders or experts in policy - or decision-making processes (P/DMP). A generic P/DMP is formalised in NetSyMoD as a sequence of six main phases: (i) Actors analysis; (ii) Problem analysis; (iii) Creative System Modelling; (iv) DSS design; (v) Analysis of Options; and (vi) Action taking and monitoring. Several variants of the NetSyMoD approach have been adapted to different contexts such as integrated water resources management and, recently it has been applied in climate change research projects. Experience has shown that NetSyMoD may be a useful framework for skilled professionals, for guiding the P/DMP, and providing practical solutions to problems encountered in the different phases of the decision/policy making process, in particular when future scenarios or projections have to be considered, such as in the case of developing and selecting adaptation policies.

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  • Carlo Giupponi & Jaroslav Mysiak & Alessandra Sgobbi, 2008. "Participatory modelling and decision support for natural resources management in climate change research," Working Papers 2008_39, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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    Keywords

    Modelling; public participation; natural resource management; policy; decision-making; governance; DSS;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis

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