|Session 1: Working with complexity in decision and policymaking||23 Nov 2020 - 09:15 to 10:30 (GMT+7) Bangkok Time||Hitomi Rankine|
|Session 2: Tools and Methods||23 Nov 2020 - 10:45 to 12:30 (GMT+7) Bangkok Time||Hitomi Rankine|
|Session 1: Working with complexity in decision and policymaking||27 Nov 2020 - 13:45 to 15:00 (GMT+7) Bangkok Time||Hitomi Rankine|
|Session 2: Tools and Methods||27 Nov 2020 - 15:15 to 17:30 (GMT+7) Bangkok Time||Hitomi Rankine|
The links between the health of ecosystems, human health and the provision of key ecosystem services underline the importance of safeguarding and restoring environmental systems. Impending biodiversity, climate, water, and food crises all signal a need for change in the way policies and decisions are made.
Asia-Pacific ecosystems also play a critical role in economic activity, the provision of basic services and directly support the livelihoods and well-being of people across the region. Policies that promote investments in ensuring the health of ecosystems and in climate action are urgently needed across all sectors.
However, policies and decisions that impact on ecosystem services need to take account of the best possible scientific knowledge, and balance and integrate long-term and short-term economic benefits, and social values. Policy and decision-making in a complex policy landscape in which social and environmental consideration are given appropriate weight, must also deal with balancing public and private interests, and conflicting viewpoints. Effective governance will increasingly require decision and policymaking competence for dealing with complexity.