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Record ID
103437
Status
Published
Date of creation
2012-05-10 19:12 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-05-10 19:12 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
Exploring the quality of evidence for complex and contested policy decision
Author
Jeroen P van der Sluijs, Arthur C Petersen, Peter H M Janssen, James S Risbey and Jerome R Ravetz
Author’s contact information
Jeroen P van der Sluijs
E-mail: j.p.vandersluijs@uu.nl
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2008
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
Abstract:

Policy decisions on complex environmental risks often involve contested science. Typically there are no 'facts' that entail a unique correct policy. The evidence that is embodied in scientific policy advice requires quality assessment. Advice should be relevant to the policy issue, scientifically tenable and robust under societal scrutiny. In 2003, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency adopted a standardized method, referred to as 'guidance', whereby key quality aspects of knowledge production and use are exhibited through a checklist for uncertainty assessment and communication. Although the guidance is not fully used within all projects yet, it is increasingly used, attitudes towards dealing with uncertainty in performing and reporting environmental assessments have changed, and communication on uncertainty in the agency's reports has improved over the past five years. In this letter, we present results from the application of the guidance to controversies on the risks of ambient particulate matter. The active deliberation on uncertainty in the policy-advisory setting brings about a joint learning process for advisors and policy makers, which leads to a deeper understanding and increased awareness of the phenomenon of uncertainty and its policy implications.
Thematic areas
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Yes
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
Identifier
doi:10.1088/1748-9326/3/2/024008
Publisher and its location
IOP PUBLISHING
UK
Rights
© 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd
Format
10 page PDF
Source
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS
Keywords and any other relevant information
Keywords: evidence, controversy, uncertainty, risk assessment, knowledge quality assessment, policy advice, science policy, health risks, particulate matter

Citation: Environ. Res. Lett. 3 (2008) 024008