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Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict (Hardback)
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Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 24/08/2011
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This new book examines past experience and future directions in the management of so-called 'wicked' environmental problems - those characterized by large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas and contentious political stalemates. Most importantly, the book reviews current thinking on the way forward, focusing on the implementation of 'learning networks,' in which public managers, technical experts, and public stakeholders collaborate in decision-making processes that are analytic, iterative, and deliberative. "Wicked Environmental Problems" offers new approaches for managing environmental conflicts and shows how managers could apply these approaches within common, real-world statutory decision-making frameworks. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with managing environmental problems.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781597264747
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book should be required reading for government resource managers, their supervisors, and NGOs concerned with resource issues. Wicked problems, characterized by a high degree of scientific uncertainty and deep disagreement on values, will inevitably proliferate with increasing population and pressures on our lands and resources. This important book describes approaches to deal with wicked problems, and equally important, how not to approach them."
--Lee M. Talbot "Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University "
"Natural resource issues are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to resolve. In this book, Peter Balint and his colleagues offer fascinating insights into so-called wicked environmental problems. They suggest a commonsense approach to engage stakeholders through an adaptivemanagement framework for assessing policy options and devising solutions for the real world."
--James R. Lyons "Lecturer, Yale University, and Senior Director, Defenders of Wildlife "
"Wicked Environmental Problems is a thoughtful response to the question faced by every forest manager and land planner: how do we address risk and uncertainty in the face of profound public disagreement over management options for public lands? I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in complex environmental planning."
--Jack Blackwell "retired Regional Forester, Pacific Southwest Region, US Forest Service "
"Overall, a useful and affordable volume for scholars and practitioners in environmental management, complementing more detailed theoretical books on the market."
--CHOICE
"Both specialist and general reader will find much to engage them by reading Wicked Environmental Problems."
--Electronic Green Journal
"This book has much to recommend it. The review of the wicked problems literature is very useful, especially for planning theory courses. The case studies nicely illustrate, especially when the outcomes are risky and the science is uncertain. Policy analysts and modelers will find the innovative preference analysis of special interest."
--Journal of Planning Education and Research

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