Choices: Future trade-offs and plausible pathways

Atilla N. Lazar, Susan E. Hanson, R. J. Nicholls, Andrew Allan, Craig W. Hutton, Mashfiqus Salehin, Abiy S Kebede

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Policy development and management of deltas in the Anthropocene involves the consideration of trade-offs and the balancing of positive and negative consequences for delta functions and the societies that rely on them. This assessment outlines policy-driven and spatial trade-offs that dominate the landscape of choice. It highlights examples of such trade-offs using plausible delta futures and the governance choices associated with them. The analysis is based on modelling broad-scale processes and individual adaptive actions. It highlights how policy choices to maximise economic growth can, for example, have unforeseen consequences such as diminished well-being for some populations. Hence the chapter concludes that trade-offs are a crucial governance challenge for future sustainability of deltas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeltas in the Anthropocene
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-23516-1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019


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  • Sustainable deltas in the Anthropocene

    Nicholls, R. J., Adger, W. N., Hutton, C. W., Hanson, S. E., Lazar, A. N., Vincent, K., Allan, A., Tompkins, E. L., Arto, I., Rahman, M., Hazra, S. & Codjoe, S., 29 Aug 2019, Deltas in the Anthropocene. nicholls, R. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 247-279

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