BY JAN HANSPACH
It is more than a year ago that we had announced the publication of the results of our scenario planning in Southern Transylvania on this blog. By the time, it was the first article that went online for a special issue featuring the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) in the journal Ecology and Society. Last week and still in the very same special issue, another paper went online to which we have contributed with our work in Transylvania. This new paper was led by Elisa Oteros-Rozas and summarizes the methods and experiences from 23 different participatory scenario planning exercises from different parts of the world (see map).
In short, the paper gives an overview of how diverse participatory scenario planning can be. This includes the different objectives, methods, outcomes and experiences that are associated to this social-ecological approach. Overall, participatory scenario planning was experienced as a very valuable and flexible tool to engage with stakeholders, foster mutual learning and to raise awareness for upcoming challenges. One of the downsides of many of the cases is probably that there are usually no resources available to monitor and evaluate the long term impacts that scenario planning excersises have.