Dealing with Interests, Values and Knowledge in Managing Risk

Workshop Proceedings, Brussels, Belgium 18-21 November 2003

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These workshop proceedings deal with the local partnership methodology employed in Belgium in order to develop an integrated proposal to the national government to construct and operate a disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste that is adapted to local conditions. The partnerships were formed among representatives of local organisations in affected communities and representatives of the Belgian national radioactive waste management agency. Insights are provided into a unique - and so far very successful - governance approach to dealing with interests, values and knowledge in managing risk.



Session 1: Dealing with Interests and Values in Managing Risk

Nuclear Energy Agency

What the local partnership deals with is not the unavoidable conflicts between interests and values, but the way and the processes by which a new reality (waste disposal) can come into existence. This perspective is in line with other contemporary problems of “coming into existence” of technical objects (GMO, cellular antennas, windmills, new drugs) that are alleged to induce dramatic social impacts. The local partnership methodology has three specific characteristics...


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