A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management

T. P. Karjalainen*, P. M. Rossi, P. Ala-Aho, R. Eskelinen, K. Reinikainen, B. Kløve, M. Pulido-Velazquez, H. Yang, Pertti Otto Antero Ala-Aho

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Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods are increasingly used to facilitate both rigorous analysis and stakeholder involvement in natural and water resource planning. Decision-making in that context is often complex and multi-faceted with numerous trade-offs between social, environmental and economic impacts. However, practical applications of decision-support methods are often too technically oriented and hard to use, understand or interpret for all participants. The learning of participants in these processes is seldom examined, even though successful deliberation depends on learning. This paper analyzes the potential of an interactive MCDA framework, the decision analysis interview (DAI) approach, for facilitating stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management. It evaluates the results of the MCDA process in assessing land-use management alternatives in a Finnish esker aquifer area where conflicting land uses affect the groundwater body and dependent ecosystems. In the assessment process, emphasis was placed on the interactive role of the MCDA tool in facilitating stakeholder participation and learning. The results confirmed that the structured decision analysis framework can foster learning and collaboration in a process where disputes and diverse interests are represented. Computer-aided interviews helped the participants to see how their preferences affected the desirability and ranking of alternatives. During the process, the participants' knowledge and preferences evolved as they assessed their initial knowledge with the help of fresh scientific information. The decision analysis process led to the opening of a dialogue, showing the overall picture of the problem context and the critical issues for the further process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5141-5153
Number of pages13
JournalHydrology and Earth System Sciences
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2013

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Karjalainen, T. P., Rossi, P. M., Ala-Aho, P., Eskelinen, R., Reinikainen, K., Kløve, B., ... Ala-Aho, P. O. A. (2013). A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(12), 5141-5153. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-17-5141-2013

A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management. / Karjalainen, T. P.; Rossi, P. M.; Ala-Aho, P.; Eskelinen, R.; Reinikainen, K.; Kløve, B.; Pulido-Velazquez, M.; Yang, H.; Ala-Aho, Pertti Otto Antero.

In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 12, 18.12.2013, p. 5141-5153.

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Karjalainen, TP, Rossi, PM, Ala-Aho, P, Eskelinen, R, Reinikainen, K, Kløve, B, Pulido-Velazquez, M, Yang, H & Ala-Aho, POA 2013, 'A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 5141-5153. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-17-5141-2013
Karjalainen TP, Rossi PM, Ala-Aho P, Eskelinen R, Reinikainen K, Kløve B et al. A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 2013 Dec 18;17(12):5141-5153. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-17-5141-2013
Karjalainen, T. P. ; Rossi, P. M. ; Ala-Aho, P. ; Eskelinen, R. ; Reinikainen, K. ; Kløve, B. ; Pulido-Velazquez, M. ; Yang, H. ; Ala-Aho, Pertti Otto Antero. / A decision analysis framework for stakeholder involvement and learning in groundwater management. In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 2013 ; Vol. 17, No. 12. pp. 5141-5153.
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