The strategy project: Decision tools to aid sustainable restoration and long-term management of contaminated agricultural ecosystems

B. J. Howard*, N. A. Beresford, Anne Nisbet, G. Cox, D. H. Oughton, J. Hunt, B. Alvarez, K. G. Andersson, A. Liland, G. Voigt

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The STRATEGY project (Sustainable Restoration and Long-Term Management of Contaminated Rural, Urban and Industrial Ecosystems) aimed to provide a holistic decision framework for the selection of optimal restoration strategies for the long-term sustainable management of contaminated areas in Western Europe. A critical evaluation was carried out of countermeasures and waste disposal options, from which compendia of state-of-the-art restoration methods were compiled. A decision support system capable of optimising spatially varying restoration strategies, that considered the level of averted dose, costs (including those of waste disposal) and environmental side effects was developed. Appropriate methods of estimating indirect costs associated with side effects and of communicating with stakeholders were identified. The importance of stakeholder consultation at a local level and of ensuring that any response is site and scenario specific were emphasised. A value matrix approach was suggested as a method of addressing social and ethical issues within the decision-making process, and was designed to be compatible with both the countermeasure compendia and the decision support system. The applicability and usefulness of STRATEGY outputs for food production systems in the medium to long term is assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-295
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was funded by the European Commission Fifth Framework Programme (Nuclear Fission, Radiation Protection) under Contract No: EC Contract FIKR-CT-2000-00018. The information provided is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not reflect the Commission's opinion. Furthermore, the Commission is not responsible for any use that might be made of the data appearing in this paper. The project participants would like to thank our ‘end-user group’ for their inputs to the project.

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  • Countermeasures
  • Decision support system
  • Restoration strategy
  • Stakeholders


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