Abstract Title

Session S-02H: Integrating the Social and Natural Sciences for Decision Making

Proposed Abstract Title

How the Social Sciences Can Inform Natural Resource Decisions

Keywords

Social Science Plus

Location

Room 607

Start Date

30-4-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2014 3:00 PM

Description

Natural resource managers are fond of saying we don't manage nature, we manage people. Most often this management takes the form of advising people about the consequences of their actions on the natural world, and how to make those actions less harmful, or more beneficial. Sometimes we have economic information to help reduce the economic impact of regulations or increase the benefit of investments. What we seldom have is social science to help craft regulations, investments, incentives, or outreach and education strategies that will successfully influence human activity. After reviewing some examples of how NOAA Fisheries has used economic science to inform decision-making, I’ll suggest examples where information from the social sciences might also improve decision-making for west coast marine and anadromous resources.

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Apr 30th, 1:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:00 PM

How the Social Sciences Can Inform Natural Resource Decisions

Room 607

Natural resource managers are fond of saying we don't manage nature, we manage people. Most often this management takes the form of advising people about the consequences of their actions on the natural world, and how to make those actions less harmful, or more beneficial. Sometimes we have economic information to help reduce the economic impact of regulations or increase the benefit of investments. What we seldom have is social science to help craft regulations, investments, incentives, or outreach and education strategies that will successfully influence human activity. After reviewing some examples of how NOAA Fisheries has used economic science to inform decision-making, I’ll suggest examples where information from the social sciences might also improve decision-making for west coast marine and anadromous resources.