Negotiated complexity in ecostystem services science and policy making
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Amsterdam :Elsevier, 2014
Ecosystem services : global issues, local practices. - Amsterdam, 2014
University of Antwerp
Its a long way from scientific knowledge to concrete policy action. Along the way many decisions have to be made. A lot of these decisions relate to setting priorities. With regard to policy uptake of scientific knowledge on ecosystem services, the need for an integrated decision-making framework is crucial. Framing complexity is a crucial aspect of any ecosystem services approach: How do we deal with ecological and social complexity? The complexity to be taken into account and the approach for dealing with that complexity are part of context-specific negotiation among actors involved in the process of investigation and interpretation, and as such becomes negotiated complexity. We propose an analytical deliberative multicriteria decision-support framework for ecosystem services decision making. We illustrate the practicalities of the framework by referring to its application in the field of environmental health in Belgium, and we reflect on the opportunities for a similar approach regarding ecosystem services.