New Forms of Decision Making


Key Issues

The experiences gained can be summarised as follow:

  • The ongoing technological, economic, ecological and social changes in society (not only the Alpine!) lead to increasing complexity and therefore demand for corresponding decision making models and procedures.
  • With regard to the other questions of the "Future in the Alps" project, CIPRA estimates that following aspects will become even more important for decision making procedures in the next years:
    • Increasing number of involved individuals and institutions into decision making procedures
    • Increasing complexity of contents because of ongoing specialisation and technical and scientific progress. This leads to
    • Growing needs with regard to information and knowledge transfer and to
    • Growing requirements regarding administration and process management.
The efforts to answer to these challenges are already reflected in some initiatives, i.e. the "Code of Practice on Consultation" of the British Prime Minister, the European Commissions "Impact Assessment Guidelines" and the European Commissions "General Principles and Minimum Standards for Consultation of Interested Parties by the Commission.
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Further Readings & Links

A paper on effective consultation as a key part of the policy making process.

These guidelines and annexes define a series of steps to follow when performing an impact assessment.