Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge the Science-Policy Divide in Environmental Governance?

Kurian, Mathew, Ardakanian, Reza, Veiga, Linda and Meyer, Kristin, Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge the Science-Policy Divide in Environmental Governance?, (The Netherlands: Springer International Publishing, 2016).

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  • Author Kurian, Mathew
    Ardakanian, Reza
    Veiga, Linda
    Meyer, Kristin
    Title Resources, Services and Risks: How Can Data Observatories Bridge the Science-Policy Divide in Environmental Governance?
    Series Title SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
    Publication Date 2016
    Place of Publication The Netherlands
    Publisher Springer International Publishing
    Pages 75
    Language eng
    Abstract 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.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783319287041
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-28706-5
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