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Abstract

Decision-making processes for managing and defining policies related to social and environmental impacts from industry are becoming more and more complex. Raising public concerns on environmental issues request public authorities to collect more accurate information related to impacts of industry. Overlaps between environmental, social and political interests, and rapid speed of change contribute even further to the complexity. Unfortunately, this multifaceted information is spread throughout multiple repositories. Thus, there is a need to integrate the available information within a structured network and to design a decision support system suitable for helping decision-makers on defining suitable policies. This paper reports the experience gained in this field during the implementation of the SIMAGE project. The project is financed be the Italian Ministry for Environment and aims to improve the risk management of industrial areas in Italy. In particular, it describes how an architecture based on a data warehouse system can support the efficient implementation of the multi-criteria decision support system. The basic requirements of the prototype have further evaluated by means of a forum with major representatives of public bodies, acting as proxy for the policies-makers.

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Authors: DI MAURO C, JRC, IPSC, TERM, Ispra (IT);MAZZEO RINALDI F, JRC, IPSC, TERM, Ispra (IT);NORDVIK J P, JRC, IPSC, TERM, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The 54th Meeting of European Working Group of Multi-criteria Aid for Decision, Sanglier des Ardennes in Durbuy (BE), 4-5 October 2001
Record Number: 200114016 / Last updated on: 2001-11-14
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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