And, finally, take your decision
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CTA. 2001. And, finally, take your decision. Spore 94. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Decision Tools for Sustainable Development. By I F Grant and C Sears. Natural Resources Institute. 1999. 281 pp. ISBN 0 85954 500 8 Order number ECN12 GBP 18 Euro 30.05
It was all so simple when all we knew stopped at the horizon. We knew when the rains would come, where the winds would blow from, when to plant and when to harvest. Now, now that we know that we are affected by and that we affect factors and communities beyond our vision we have to share our decisions with so many other stakeholders . We may feel that we should grow more maize for resale, but if invisible market forces are deciding that even more maize should be grown in another region but not in ours, we should know about it so that we can take the right decision and perhaps produce another more profitable crop. Maybe the government, or an international body, wants to reforest the region we live in, to create more forests to absorb carbon dioxide gases from the atmosphere, as part of a worldwide plan of action. If so, we should know, and those who want to decide should know where we stand. All in all, decision-making has become more complex, involving more people, more topics and perhaps more contradictions which need to be resolved. This book, financed by the British development agency DFID, is a rich and dense collection of descriptions of decision-making tools such as risk management, environmental information systems and participatory research. It also describes their applications, their impact and their level of use. Intended primarily for research managers, government policy-makers and NGO staff, it should help them take sounder and more sensitive decisions about natural resource management. Decision Tools for Sustainable Development. By I F Grant and C Sears. Natural Resources Institute. 1999. 281 pp. ISBN 0 85954 500 8 Order number ECN12 GBP 18 Euro 30.05 NRI Catalogue Services CAB International Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8DE, United Kingdom