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2012-05-03 15:27 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
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2012-05-07 18:09 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
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2012-05-07 18:09 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General Information
Uncertainty communication: issues and good practice (version 2.0)
Penny Kloprogge, Jeroen van der Sluijs and Arjan Wardekker
Author’s contact information
Contact person: Jeroen van der Sluijs
E-mail: j.p.vandersluijs@uu.nl

Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation
Department of Science Technology and Society (STS)
Utrecht University
Heidelberglaan 2
3584 CS  Utrecht
The Netherlands

Phone: +31-30-2537631
Fax: +31-30-2537601
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Summary, abstract or table of contents
Table of contents as follows:

Part I. Background information on communicating uncertainty 
1. Reporting uncertainty in a gradual and custom-made form    
2. The reader's perspective      
  2.1 Access to report/document      
  2.2 Chapters/sections/sentences paid attention to   
  2.3 Processing of uncertainty information  
  2.4 Interpretation of uncertainty information  
  2.5 Use of uncertainty information    
  2.6 The writers' influence on the audiences' handling of uncertainty information      
3. Criteria for uncertainty communication    

Part II. Analysis of context and audiences, and customising the communication accordingly      
1 Context of Communication of Uncertainty    
2. The target audiences       
  2.1 Who are the Target Audiences?    
  2.2 Information Needs of the Target Audiences  
   2.2.1 The client/customer      
   2.2.2 Other target audiences     
  2.3 Anticipating impacts on target audiences   
3. Restructuring the (Uncertainty) Information   
  3.1 Uncertainty Information Collected   
  3.2 Identifying Policy-Relevant Aspects of Uncertainty  
  3.3 The Main Messages/statements in view of the uncertainties
4 Developing a strategy for Progressive Disclosure of Information 
  4.1 Filling in the PDI table     
  4.2 Internal coordination using the PDI table   

Part III. Practical suggestions on reporting uncertainty information
1. Reporting uncertainty information - What and how  
  1.1 Context of and insight in the assessment   
  1.2 Main message in which uncertainties are reflected or taken into account.     
  1.3 Reporting orts and types of uncertainties   
  1.4 How uncertainty was dealt with in the analysis  
  1.5 Implications of uncertainties    
  1.6 What can be done about uncertainties   
  1.7 Educational information on uncertainty   
2. Reporting uncertainty information - Forms of presentation 
  2.1 Verbal expressions of uncertainty information   
  2.2 Numeric expressions of uncertainty information  
  2.3 Graphical expressions of uncertainty information  
  2.4 Combinations for expressing uncertainty information 


Thematic areas
  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
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”
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
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Type of resource
  • Report / Review / Fact sheet / Notes
Report NWS-E-2007-199; ISBN: 978-90-8672-026-2
Publisher and its location
Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
64 page PDF
Original Document
Keywords and any other relevant information
This report is prepared in commission of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP)
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