Decision analysis and facilitation
Sustainable development is all about ensuring that we don’t deny opportunities to those in the future through thoughtless exploitation and degradation of resources and the environment. But looking into the future is fraught with uncertainty. Sustainable development is also about understanding the impacts of our actions on the wider ecosystem. This can also be highly complex and again uncertain. Most policy and strategy development processes and decision making systems in private and public sector are ill equipped to deal with such uncertainty, or capable of assessing the costs, benefits, values, and "sustainability risks" associated with different development activities, plans or strategies. And scientists called on to advise are torn between their concern for thoroughness, impartiality and accuracy, and their awareness that scientific rigour itself will not deliver the answers required to develop practical policy and strategy.
We have practical experience of all these approaches, and their development and application in developed and developing countries. We understand both their potential and limitations.
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