Resources, Services and Risks

How Can Data Observatories Bridge The Science-Policy Divide in Environmental Governance?

  • Mathew Kurian
  • Reza Ardakanian
  • Linda Gonçalves Veiga
  • Kristin Meyer

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga, Kristin Meyer
    Pages 1-3
  3. Mathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga, Kristin Meyer
    Pages 5-30
  4. Mathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga, Kristin Meyer
    Pages 31-49
  5. Mathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga, Kristin Meyer
    Pages 51-75
  6. Mathew Kurian, Reza Ardakanian, Linda Gonçalves Veiga, Kristin Meyer
    Pages E1-E1

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Decentralization reforms Environmental resource management Food security improvement Improved hazard risk monitoring Natural disaster risk management Nexus Observatory Water point mapping

Authors and affiliations

  • Mathew Kurian
    • 1
  • Reza Ardakanian
    • 2
  • Linda Gonçalves Veiga
    • 3
  • Kristin Meyer
    • 4
  1. 1.UNU-FLORESDresdenGermany
  2. 2.United Nations University Institute forDresdenGermany
  3. 3.School of Economics and Management and NUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  4. 4.UNU-FLORESDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28706-5
  • Copyright Information Copyright © United Nations University 2016. All rights reserved 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28704-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28706-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
  • About this book
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