The involvement of all stakeholders in the design, implementation and evaluation of assessment models ensures that the methodologies and tools that are developed will meaningfully contribute to sustainable development. But stakeholder involvement in these processes requires a suitable collaborative process structure, strong facilitation and capacity building at various levels. This special issue explores the theories and frameworks for stakeholder participation in integrated assessment of sustainable agriculture. Employing a range of project experiences, it aims at creating a solid theoretical and empirical basis for how stakeholders can be involved in the use and development of impact assessment tools, as well as what can be expected from this involvement. It shows the necessary adaptations and improvements modeling approaches have to include if they aim at supporting a stakeholder driven assessment process.
Elske van de Fliert is Co-Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland, Australia. Sylvia Herrmann is senior researcher in rural and landscape planning at the Institute for Environmental Planning, Leibniz University, Germany. Johanna Alkan Olsson is a researcher at the department of sociology of law at Lund University, Sweden.
Computer Models as Social Learning Tools in Participatory Integrated Assessment. Participatory Multi-criteria Analysis of Irrigation Management Alternatives: the Case of the Caia Irrigation District, Portugal. Agricultural Decision Support Systems Facilitating Co-learning: A Case Study on Environmental Impacts of Sugarcane Production. The Role of an Explorative MGLP Model for Learning About Sustainable Agricultural Development in Burkina Faso. A Model-supported Participatory Process to Reduce Nutrient Emissions in Sweden: An Arena for Social Learning and Local Action? Users Perspectives on the Validity of a Simulation Model for Natural Resource Management