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From ecological risk assessments to risk governance: evaluation of the Norwegian management system for contaminated sediments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19694494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Managing of contaminated sediments is a complex process that will naturally have to balance scientific, political, and economic interests. This study evaluates the Norwegian system for managing contaminated sediments toward a generic system for risk governance encompassing both knowledge, legally prescribed procedures, and social values. The review has been performed examining the management plans for 17 prioritized contaminated fjord systems in Norway. The results indicate a strong focus in the Norwegian management system on ecological risk assessment. This facilitates selection of local sustainable remediation measures, but may also complicate the balance toward other relevant interests in a decision-making process. The Norwegian system lacks management tools to identify and handle ambiguity through concern assessments and stakeholder involvement, and the decision-making process seems to a large extent based on ad hoc decisions, making it difficult to incorporate and document multicriteria evaluations into the management process. To develop a sustainable management system, encompassing environmental, economical, and social interests, a stronger focus on concern assessment and multicriteria evaluations is required.
Magnus Sparrevik; Gijs D Breedveld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Integrated environmental assessment and management     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1551-3793     ISO Abbreviation:  Integr Environ Assess Manag     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-14     Completed Date:  2011-01-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101234521     Medline TA:  Integr Environ Assess Manag     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  240-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2009 SETAC
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, PO Box 3930 Ulleva°l Stadion, NO-0806 Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Natural Resources
Ecotoxicology / methods*
Environmental Monitoring / legislation & jurisprudence,  methods*
Environmental Pollutants / toxicity*
Geologic Sediments / chemistry*
Risk Assessment
Social Values
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants

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