Environment Bay of Plenty, Tauranga

Marjan van den Belt was invited by Environment Bay of Plenty, Tauranga to present to their staff on 10 December 2013 on ‘Flood Projection: Investment Trap Built and Natural Capital’.

The purpose of the presentation was knowledge provision and distinctions that stimulate an ‘out of the box’ dialogue in the context of ‘100-year planning’ to explore creative tension between preferred and feared futures.

It took the format of three segments of 1 hour: 40 minutes of lecture; 10 minutes of questions and answers:

Session 1 – Economics

This session will provide basics considerations about use and limitations of various Neo-classical Economic tools; Cost Benefit Analysis, Economic Impact Analysis, Cost Effectiveness Analysis. This will include the critical role of time preference and ‘discount rates’.

Session 2 - Participatory/collaborative processes

This session will highlight Social and Human Capital and capacity building through participatory/collaborative processes and adaptive management; the benefits and the limitations, timing, account-ability and a reflection on institutional adaptability.

Session 3 - Ecosystem services, systems-oriented and spatial tools.

Systems thinking and system dynamics based tools can assist in developing knowledge to close the gap between where we want to go and where we currently are and explore ‘what-if scenarios’. 

  Flood Projection: Investment Trap Built and Natural Capital’ (8,280 KB)

A tailored version of this seminar is available upon request.

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