Title: Participatory and deliberative techniques to embed an ecosystems approach into decision making: An introductory guide link 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2011 
Availability: Defra R&D report PROJECT CODE - NR0124 
Author 1/Producer: Department Environment Food and Rural Affairs - Defra 
Other Authors/Producers: Robert Fish, Michael Winter, Duncan Russel, Jacquie Burgess, Jason Chilvers, Anthony Footitt, Kerry Turner, Roy Haines-Young 
Author / Producer Type: University research group / research institute 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=NR0124_1026 ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Soil-->Soil quality
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Short description: EXTRACT: Ecosystem services are those aspect of ecosystems that are utilised, actively or passively, to produce benefits to human well-being. An ecosystems approach (EsA) provides a set of principles by which the management of these services can be addressed within decision making. ii Involving people and organisations in the decision making process can be a key factor in ensuring that a policy or management plan is successful, and is a important principle of an EsA. Bringing a broad range of stakeholder expertise to bear upon decision making enables more informed and creative responses to issues. This is particularly important in the context of an EsA when it is recognised that decision making may potentially impact on ecosystem services in complex and uncertain ways. In practical terms, a participatory approach serves to build trust and legitimacy into decision making, and allows conflicts between stakeholders to be better anticipated and potentially overcome. More generally, people have a right to ‘have a say’ in processes that affect their quality of life. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 23/06/2011

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