Case study: Charente river water mitigation
An example from the SPICOSA European project. In the first representations of the water mitigation issue in the Charente river watershed (France), we always represented the components of the system in an upstream to downstream scheme. Even while representing the stakeholders and institutions, it was difficult to integrate management options to the representation.
By using a Resources / Uses / Governance framework representation, the governance system became much clearer.
Finally, a ‘Forrester’ system representation helped identify the management levers for water mitigation.
These final representations became the basis of a simulation model of the Charente river water mitigation issue.
In the context of environmental management, it is essential to have a focus on the governance of the system and not stay in the usual representation of the natural system.
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