How should we manage resources differently?

Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Professor at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, answers this question.

- In an area that has a tendency to flood....instead of simply trying to protect and protect and once things fail, after disaster, considering it may be more useful to [take an integrated approach and for example] have areas that are temporarily flooded, Pahl-Woostl explains.

About Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Claudia Pahl-Wostl is professor for the 'Management of Resource Flows' an endowed chair of the German Environmental Foundation at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück. The new research field is devoted to developing innovative concepts of managing transformation processes toward sustainability with an emphasis on an improved understanding of dynamics and management of actor networks and the development of indicators for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

She is particularly interested in participatory agent based social simulation. New approaches were developed and applied in the context of the EU FP5 project FIRMA (Freshwater Integrated Resource Management with Agents).

Currently, Claudia Pahl-Wostl is coordinating the EU project HarmoniCOP (Harmonizing Collaborative Planning) on processes of social learning and the role of ICT tools in river basin management. The current interdisciplinary research team comprises socio-economists, regional planners, geographers, computer scientists, psychologists, experts in artificial intelligence and system scientists.

Claudia Paul-Wostl is part of many international projects such as the NeWater- New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty, AquaStress, Harmoni-ca, HarmoniCOP: Harmonising Collaborative Planning and PartizipA.

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