Nowadays, sustainable decision-making is demanded by authorities, the general public, investors and other partners. More than ever, it is also the right thing to do. Transparency of these sustainable choices is essential in order to build and maintain trust of the aforementioned stakeholders.
However, these decisions involve complex choices with often conflicting priorities (e.g. profitability today vs. social impact tomorrow) and a multitude of stakeholders to be taken into account. Moreover, environmental decisions typically incorporate mixed data that comes from a variety of fields such as natural, social, economic, ethical and political elements. These tendencies mean that sustainability issues are often group decision processes in an environment characterized by uncertainty.
D-Sight software will allow you to embed sustainability into decision-making and systematically apply a transparently structured process throughout the organization.
Over the last years, producing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has become increasingly challenging due to the extensive regulation, the larger size and complexity of projects and the higher participation of the public. Sustainability agencies, research institutes and businesses looking to improve their sustainable practices have to tackle these challenges in an efficient manner. If you are spending too much time trying to make sense of this information overload while preparing an EIA, then D-Sight can support you in effectively analyzing the impact of your project.
D-Sight offers a systematic and consistent approach to the evaluation of alternatives in an EIA process. In a first step the project, its alternatives and an unlimited number of impacts are defined as well as multiple users (e.g. experts, decision makers, public representative or other stakeholders). Afterwards, each user will weigh the importance of the impacts and evaluate the magnitude of the impact in his perception. D-Sight Web processes and combines the input from the several users and provides reproducible results in the form of several intuitively clear graphical representations. Communication of these analyses to the authorities and the public is of critical importance, the graphs are a solid foundation for clear communication.
D-Sight’s tool will allow you to shift your focus from computational analysis to transparent communication supported by intuitively clear graphic representations of your assessment.
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The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process is similar though not identical to the EIA process. A SEA is actually often conducted before corresponding EIA’s. That is, a SEA analyzes the impact of a policy, program or plan on the environment on a strategic level. This difference in definition has a few consequences of which one is of particular interest in this context: there are more impacts to take into account than in the case of an EIA.
This increase in impacts is due to the scale of the assessment. For example, a policy’s impact can be influenced by the cumulative and synergistic impacts of the underlying projects. Moreover indirect impacts can arise, i.e. impacts that occur several steps beyond the original action. A larger amount of impacts means that the analysis will become even more complex than an average EIA.
If you are a government body or research agency getting lost in the multitude of criteria that stem from the scoping phase of your study, then D-Sight can support you in efficiently analyzing the impact of your policy, program or plan.
Natural Resource Management (NRM) decisions are required from small peasant farmers in developing countries, to large energy policy makers in developed countries but they all have at least two things in common: they involve complex management issues and stakeholder participation is a key determinant to success. NRM decisions require consideration of a multitude of non-economic and often conflicting objectives (such as ecological integrity and recreational potential) and incommensurable units for measuring criteria. Moreover, liberalization of the markets and intensifying global competition are causing uncertainty in natural resource management.
The elements above illustrate that natural resource planning requires an analytical method that integrates environmental, political, economic and social criteria, and allows multiple stakeholders to participate directly in the analysis. D-Sight Web is the tool that will allow you to accomplish exactly this.
D-Sight tools can be applied in a wide range of natural resource management situations, e.g. management of water and soil, forestry and wetland, food security, ecosystem management, wildlife management etc