Special session at the iEMSs 2016 congress in Toulouse
As part of the ESManage project, our CWRR director, Prof. Michael Bruen convened a session on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Ecosystem Services. It was a well attended session with fruitful discussions between researchers on Ecosystem Services and experts on Multi-Criteria Decision methods.
This session will explore approaches to link ecosystems modelling with policy formulation using a multi-criteria formulation to map ecological model outputs with the valuations and criteria required by policy makers and environmental managers. There already are a multitude of ecosystems models designed to simulate individual aspects of the environment but their outputs (and states) don’t map readily with the type of information, mainly about impact on ecosystems services, required by decision makers. Too readily, a cost benefit approach is adopted in an attempt to simplify to a single criterion (monetary equivalences). However, a large variety of multi-criteria decision support systems, capable of handling qualitative as well as quantitative criteria, have been developed in many other contexts and its seems appropriate that they
can be used to ensure that ecosystems services considerations are included in policy/management decisions. This session is aimed at bringing together scientists interested in ecosystems services and impacts with multi-criteria decision support experts in the expectation that very useful synergies will be developed that will facilitate the use of ecosystems modelling in environmental decision making based on MCDA.
iEMSs is a biennial congress of the international Environmental Modelling and Software society. This year, it was organised in Toulouse (France) between the 10th-14th of July, 2016.
Dr. Eva Mockler and Thibault Hallouin, two members of CWRR, also attended the conference. They both made oral presentations and their respective contributions are published in the proceedings of the conference:
- Development of a Nutrient Load Apportionment Modelling Toolbox. Dr. Eva Mockler, July 11, 2016.
- Multi‐Criteria Decision Analysis and Ecosystems Services: knowledge gaps and challenges for policy and decision‐making. Thibault Hallouin, July 11, 2016.