Wicked Environmental Problems

Managing Uncertainty and Conflict

Authors: Balint, P.J., Stewart, R.E., Desai, A., Walters, L.C.

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  • Factors characterizing wicked problems—long-term, large-scale, entrenched interests, compounding risks and uncertainties—are part of many environmental problems; learning to address these dilemmas is an essential skill for environmental problem-solvers
  • Authors explore the use of learning networks as a way to address uncertainties and conflicts inherent in wicked problems; the book offers practical guidance and resources
  • Offers real experience and therefore is valuable to students and practitioners
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"Wicked" problems are large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas in which multiple and compounding risks and uncertainties combine with sharply divergent public values to generate contentious political stalemates; wicked problems in the environmental arena typically emerge from entrenched conflicts over natural resource management and over the prioritization of economic and conservation goals more generally. 

This new book examines past experience and future directions in the management of wicked environmental problems and describes new strategies for mitigating the conflicts inherent in these seemingly intractable situations. The book:

  • reviews the history of the concept of wicked problems
  • examines the principles and processes that managers have applied
  • explores the practical limitations of various approaches

Most important, the book reviews current thinking on the way forward, focusing on the implementation of "learning networks," in which public managers, technical experts, and public stakeholders collaborate in decision-making processes that are analytic, iterative, and deliberative.

 

Case studies of forest management in the Sierra Nevada, restoration of the Florida Everglades, carbon trading in the European Union, and management of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania are used to explain concepts and demonstrate practical applications. 

 

Wicked Environmental Problems offers new approaches for managing environmental conflicts and shows how managers could apply these approaches within common, real-world statutory decision-making frameworks. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with managing environmental problems.

About the authors

Peter J. Balint is an associate professor of environmental policy in the Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University. Ronald E. Stewart spent thirty years with the USDA Forest Service as Deputy Chief for Programs and Legislation and five years on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University. Anand Desai is a Professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, in Columbus. Lawrence C. Walters is Stewart Grow Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Romney Institute, Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wicked Environmental Problems
Book Subtitle
Managing Uncertainty and Conflict
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Island Press
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-047-7
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-047-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 256
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