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Incorporating Value Trade-offs into Community-Based Environmental Risk Decisions

Robin S. Gregory

Environmental Values 11(2002): 461-488. doi: 10.3197/096327102129341181

Although much attention has been given to the role of community stakeholders in developing environmental risk-management policies, most local and national initiatives are better known for their failings than their successes. One reason for this continuing difficulty, we contend, is a reluctance to address the many difficult value trade-offs that necessarily arise in the course of creating and evaluating alternative risk-management options. In this paper we discuss six reasons why such trade-offs are difficult and, for each, present helpful techniques from the decision sciences along with case study examples of successful applications.


KEYWORDS: Risk management, values, trade-offs, decision making

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Values and Adaptive Management Bryan G. Norton and Anne C. Steinemann

In Search of Value Literacy: Suggestions for the Elicitation of Environmental Values Theresa Satterfield

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability. Sarah Fleisher Trainor

The Multidimensionality of Environmental Problems: The GMO Controversy and the Limits of Scientific Materialism. Michael S. Carolan

A Values-Based Framework for Community Food Choices. Nicole Gregory and Robin Gregory

What Lies Beneath the Surface? A Case Study of Citizens' Moral Reasoning with Regard to Biodiversity. Maria Ojala and Rolf Lidskog


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