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Date of creation
2012-05-03 13:38 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2012-05-15 18:32 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-05-15 18:32 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General Information
A guidance for assessing and communicating uncertainties.
P.H.M. Janssen, A.C. Petersen, J.P. van der Sluijs, J.S. Risbey and J.R. Ravetz
Author’s contact information
P.H.M. Janssen Contact infrmation:

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (RIVM/MNP),
P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA, Bilthoven,
The Netherlands

E-mail: Peter.Janssen@rivm.nl; Arthur.Petersen@rivm.nl
Organization(s) involved in the publication of this resource
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
P.O. Box 1
Netherlands, 3720 BA
Phone:+31 30 274 9111
Fax:+31 30 274 2971
  • English
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Summary, abstract or table of contents

In the daily practice of science for policy, as experienced by governmental agencies which inform the policy and the public on the state and outlook of the environment, there is a pressing need for guidance in assessing and communicating uncertainties. This need extends beyond the quantitative assessment of uncertainties in model results, and focuses on the entire process of environmental assessment, running from problem framing towards reporting the results of the study. Using the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (RIVM/MNP) as a case, the development, structure and content of such a guidance system is highlighted. Conditions for a successful implementation of the guidance system are discussed, and some prospects for future work are outlined.
Thematic areas
  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
    • Risk management
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
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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)
ISBN: 1-84339-495-2
Publisher and its location
IWA Publishing, London, UK
© IWA Publishing 2005
7 page PDF
Water Science & Technology
Keywords and any other relevant information
Key Words: Communication; guidance; interaction; science-policy; tool catalogue; uncertainty assessment

Citation: Water Science & Technology Vol 52 No 6 pp 125-131

Reference includes RIVM/MNP Guidance for Uncertainty Assessment and Communication: Mini-Checklist & Quickscan Questionnaire to be used in conjunction with the paper to determine risk assessment

Application found at: http://www.nusap.net/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=17