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Quality and practice in integrated assessment: some users' perspectives

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This paper describes concepts and ideas related to the integrated assessment (IA) approach, as they are perceived by a limited number of existing or potential IA users. IA is understood here as a reflexive process aimed at supporting the integration of different forms of knowledge within the decision-making process. Interviews with representatives from different Directorates of the European Commission (and two Brussels-based NGOs) revealed general support and enthusiasm for the IA approach as presented. Current practices relating to the management of uncertainty, communication of technical or expert information, and the use of models are discussed, and the potential for adaptation of these practices according to the IA approach are explored.

Keywords: environmental policy, integrated assessment, participation

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