Participatory Scenario Development in Huge MultiStakeholder Engagements

From the sustainability folks at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, is a report on Participatory Scenario Development. Whether it’s climate change, a big flood, or a crisis with flu-like symptoms, it’s a good idea to have the people in the know, identify possible scenarios, and strategies for action. A key here, is to use the scenarios as a ‘framework’ vs. a plan for action. All too often, plans are developed, the crisis hits, and then the plan is out-dated. Worse, it’s almost impossible to find the authorities necessary to revise and disseminate the ‘plan’ in time. Things and people are just too fluid and dynamic, behaving in unpredictable ways.Participatory Scenario Development (which is not to be confused with PTSD!) may offer a good alternative, in that it is inclusive and participatory – and builds on the experience, relationships and behaviours of the people involved, and those with the authority to enable and empower. Worth a read…

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Livia Bizikova – Responding to climate change is becoming a necessity and communities can no longer afford to rely on policies that are based solely on past and current needs to protect them from the impacts of changing climate. On the other hand, developing policies that take into account the potential impacts of future climate without considering local needs, plans and long-term visions could challenge the implementation and effectiveness of such policies. Therefore, to be effective in adapting to climate change, we should try to look at impacts of climate change and needed responses in the context of other challenges and opportunities that regions are facing, and in this way account for synergies and trade-offs between climate change responses and other policies and measures.

This report presents outcomes of a January 2010 workshop in Sydney, NS, that investigated linkages between climate change and development priorities by using participatory scenario development approaches. The report also presents lessons learned about effective integration of climate model outcomes with stakeholder-driven process with a focus on policy development.

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