Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge The Science-policy Divide In Environmental Governance?: How Can D by Mathew KurianResources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge The Science-policy Divide In Environmental Governance?: How Can D by Mathew Kurian

Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge The Science-policy Divide In…

byMathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga

Paperback | February 8, 2016

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This book discusses the role of observatories in supporting evidence-based decision-making. The book focuses on issues of data accessibility, monitoring frameworks and governance processes with regard to environmental resources - water, soil and waste. This publication highlights challenges related to policy-implementation measures and examines current monitoring approaches, and illustrates how the UNU-FLORES Nexus Observatory seeks to overcome concerns related to data, monitoring and governance of water, soil and waste resources. In particular, given that extreme weather events such as droughts and floods are predicted to become more frequent in the future, it discusses the need for improved hazard risk monitoring. It proposes risk indices for drought and floods, which measure exposure and vulnerability to the phenomena through a multitude of bio-physical, socio-economic and institutional indicators. Furthermore, the potential for using openly accessible data made available through observatories in decision-making aimed at improving food security is also discussed. It acknowledges governments as key players in environmental resource management, and recognizes that decentralization reforms, as well as the emergence of information and communication technologies, have significantly changed the role of governments in promoting sustainable development. The book is particularly relevant for decision-makers, donor agencies, practitioners and students with an interest in environmental management who are also keen followers of discussions on the post-2015 monitoring agenda.

Prof. Dr. Reza Ardakanian is the Founding Director of United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES^ry of Interior (1987-1989).Dr. Mathew Kurian is Academic Officer and leads the Capacity Development and Governance unit at United Nations University Institute for Integrate...
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Title:Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge The Science-policy Divide In…Format:PaperbackDimensions:75 pagesPublished:February 8, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319287044

ISBN - 13:9783319287041

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Part I A Role for Observatories in Support of Evidence-Based Decision-Making.- Part II The role of data, indices, and governance for drought and flood risk monitoring.- Part III Case studies of evidence-based decision-making.