Investigators at Tallinn University of Technology Publish Research in Environmental Policy
2012 APR 13 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to the authors of a study from Tallinn, Estonia, "Using participatory scenario-making has become increasingly common in environmental assessments that aim for policy impact. In this development, 'social work' - i.e., construction and usage of the scenarios - has received only a little analytical interest."
"In this paper, we contribute to filling this gap of knowledge by focusing on the construction of scenarios and asking what kind of policy relevant knowledge these kinds of participatory experiments can provide for the resolution of environmental problems. We draw on experiences gained from a SCENES scenario-making experiment wherein a comprehensive set of scenarios for the future management of European freshwater resources was developed in a highly participatory manner. The SCENES work aimed at providing policy-relevant knowledge for implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). In this paper, we analyse and compare how issues were formulated and articulated as public concerns during the scenario-making process for the Narew River Basin, in Poland, and Lake Peipsi, in Estonia. The empirical narratives highlight that scenario-making assisted in articulation of the critical entanglements between the water systems and regional socio economic development. The implementation of the WFD has been largely unable to address these issues. In this sense, SCENES engaged in the articulation of public concerns. In SCENES there was, however, a latent tension in seeing scenario-making as either informing or forming social choices for water management. The epistemic principle of informing guided many of the methodological choices made during SCENES, whilst attempts aimed at issue formation characterised the panellists' way of developing scenarios. Resolving this tension is decisive for the future governance of European freshwater resources," wrote M. Kaljonen and colleagues, Tallinn University of Technology.
The researchers concluded: "We close the paper by discussing why."
Kaljonen and colleagues published the results of their research in Environmental Science & Policy (Seeking policy-relevant knowledge: a comparative study of the contextualisation of participatory scenarios for the Narew River and Lake Peipsi. Environmental Science & Policy, 2012;15(1):72-81).
For additional information, contact M. Kaljonen, Tallinn Univ Technol, Inst Environm Engn, EE-19086 Tallinn, Estonia.
The publisher of the journal Environmental Science & Policy can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England.
Keywords: City:Tallinn, Country:Estonia, Region:Europe, Environmental Policy
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