Value-based scenario planning: exploring multifaceted values in natural disaster planning and management
The project explored the tangible and practice-based implications of value-based scenarios for bushfire planning and management in Victoria, Australia.
The project explored how abstract social values that direct cultures, societies, and policy can impact on-the-ground practices and responses for bushfire policy, planning, and management. Multiple contrasting abstract social values (identified in earlier research) were combined and drawn on to explore how these would be reflected in practice on-the-ground. Through a participatory process with local community members to the North and East of Melbourne, scenarios were developed that allowed members of the public to visualise and compare how values are expressed in policy and practice for bushfire. The value-based scenarios enabled critical reflection and comparison that was accessible to members of the public.
First, the value-based scenarios successfully allowed values to be untangled and visualized in approaches to natural disaster management. Second, the research provides an opportunity for further exploring how communities and policy makers can come together to find an ideal scenario for approaching natural disaster management and how to balance the core values that underpinned the scenarios for application to policy and planning.
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Rawluk, A., R. M. Ford, and K. J. H. Williams. 2018. Value-based scenario planning: exploring multifaceted values in natural disaster planning and management. Ecology and Society 23(4):2.