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A Decision Support Framework For Science-Based, Multi-Stakeholder Deliberation: A Coral Reef Example

Citation:

Rehr, A. P., M. J. Small, P. BRADLEY, W. S. FISHER, A. M. VEGA, K. Black, AND T. Stockton. A Decision Support Framework For Science-Based, Multi-Stakeholder Deliberation: A Coral Reef Example. V.H. Dale, R.A. Efroymson (ed.), ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, 50(6):1204-1218, (2012).

Impact/Purpose:

To develop an initial decision support framework for assessing and managing coral reef stressors in the Florida Keys by combining: 1) a framework to identify causal relationships among anthropogenic environmental stressors, processes, and outcomes with 2) an analysis to depict the legal, social, and institutional dimensions of environmental decisions.

Description:

We present a decision support framework for science-based assessment and multi-stakeholder deliberation. The framework consists of two parts: a DPSIR (Drivers-Pressures-States-Impacts-Responses) analysis to identify the important causal relationships among anthropogenic environmental stressors, processes, and outcomes; and a Decision Landscape analysis to depict the legal, social, and institutional dimensions of environmental decisions. The Decision Landscape incorporates interactions among government agencies, regulated businesses, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. It also identifies where scientific information regarding environmental processes is collected and transmitted to improve knowledge about elements of the DPSIR and to improve the scientific basis for decisions. Our application of the decision support framework to coral reef protection and restoration in the Florida Keys focusing an anthropogenic stressors, such as wastewater, proved to be successful and offered several insights. Using information from a management plan, it was possible to capture the current state of the science with a DPSIR analysis as well as important decision options, decision makers and applicable laws with the Decision Landscape analysis. A structured elicitation of values and beliefs conducted at a coral reef management workshop held at Key West, Florida provided a diversity of opinion and also indicated a prioritization of several environmental stressors affecting coral reef health. The integrated DPSIR/Decision landscape framework for the Florida Keys developed based on the elicited opinion and the DPSIR analysis can be used to inform management decisions, to reveal the role that further scientific information and research might play to populate the framework, and to facilitate better-informed agreement among participants.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 12/01/2012
Record Last Revised: 07/01/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 231677

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

LAND REMEDIATION AND POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION

REMEDIATION AND REDEVELOPMENT BRANCH