Framework for Environmentally Sensitive Decision-Making

The multi-dimensional nature of flood management options necessitates an inclusive and participatory approach to the decision-making process: starting from public policy through to basin planning and project implementation. There are various constraints in any decision-making process in flood management, which can be broadly categorized into: physical, financial, social, political, legal and environmental. Physical and financial considerations have largely been tackled through economic analysis with little or no attention to social and environmental concerns. These issues, in any policy making process are related to societal values and norms, either related to perceptions of risks or the trade-offs between development and environmental preservation. In order to minimize the role of subjective factors there is a need for an environmentally sensitive framework to be established within decision-making processes. The following graph illustrates the essential components of such a framework.

 


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