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Decision-support tools : choosing a sustainable path

Traditionally, investment and planning decisions within urban water management are taken independently within different sub-sectors, based on narrowly defined aims and implementation costs. This approach typically lacks the scope to also identify negative knock-on effects – as well as benefits – elsewhere in the system. In addition, it tends to favour rigid solutions only capable of operating within a rather limited range of variability. Integrated modelling and decision-support tools such as those introduced in Module 6 can help assess the urban water cycle from a holistic perspective and facilitate decision making that has a higher chance of leading to sustainable solutions, acknowledges uncertainty and prioritises interventions that have the flexibility to cope with a range of possible future scenarios. Adaptable to local circumstances, the tools discussed in this module focus on specific areas of the urban water cycle, such as stormwater management and water supply, whilst ensuring that the input data and interpretation of outputs are placed firmly in the context of IUWM. [authors abstract]

TitleDecision-support tools : choosing a sustainable path
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPhilip, R.
Secondary TitleSWITCH Training Kit : integrated urban water management in the city of the future
VolumeModule 6
Pagination49 p.; 17 fig.; 3 tab.; boxes
Date Published2011-01-01
PublisherICLEI European Secretariat GmbH
Place PublishedFreiburg, Germany
Keywordsdecision making, decision support systems, sustainability, training courses, Urban Water Management (IUWM)
Abstract

Traditionally, investment and planning decisions within urban water management are taken independently within different sub-sectors, based on narrowly defined aims and implementation costs. This approach typically lacks the scope to also identify negative knock-on effects – as well as benefits – elsewhere in the system. In addition, it tends to favour rigid solutions only capable of operating within a rather limited range of variability. Integrated modelling and decision-support tools such as those introduced in Module 6 can help assess the urban water cycle from a holistic perspective and facilitate decision making that has a higher chance of leading to sustainable solutions, acknowledges uncertainty and prioritises interventions that have the flexibility to cope with a range of possible future scenarios. Adaptable to local circumstances, the tools discussed in this module focus on specific areas of the urban water cycle, such as stormwater management and water supply, whilst ensuring that the input data and interpretation of outputs are placed firmly in the context of IUWM. [authors abstract]

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