This joint WWF and SEI publication is relevant to anyone working or interested in effective decision making in a climate changing world.
Climate change introduces new complexities and uncertainties into decision-making and planning. It also compounds pressing development and environment challenges, such as meeting the rapidly growing demand for food, water and energy and addressing biodiversity loss.
There is a critical need to develop processes that enable decision-makers at all levels (community, national and global) and actors (public, private and third sector) to plan and act together and within complex interconnected systems, if we’re to develop a sustainable, climate-resilient future that supports social and ecological prosperity.
The demand for and interest in strategic ways to address and adapt to climate change as well as the growing discourse on resilience provide significant opportunity to research and develop processes that support such integrated and participatory decision-making.
Based on work undertaken by SEI and WWF-UK in 2010-2011 with stakeholders in three climate-vulnerable developing countries – Belize, Nepal and Tanzania, this paper explores the opportunities for and barriers to taking integrated approaches to decision-making in the context of climate change. It reflects on and shares our learning which has wider application and impact beyond the three countries studied.