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FE2W // Guide to the Risks and Options Assessment for Decision Making (ROAD) Process

The Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-Making (ROAD) process enables decision-makers to understand and manage complex risks across connected food-energy-environment-water systems. This Guide supports the use of the ROAD process to make practical decisions on managing risks. The steps described here provided a framework that should be adapted to the context and resources of the users. ROAD is a flexible process that integrates existing tools for addressing resource challenges. Users may consider working with trained facilitators and researchers to adapt the process to the decision-making context.

ROAD’s causal approach to risk assessment provides an innovative method to: identify a portfolio of management options, prioritise cost-effective investments, and learn from decision implementation. ROAD’s framing of risk as an event integrates a systems focus with commonly accepted risk concepts and terms (see ISO 2009 and SRA 2013). Version 0.2 of the Guide is a prototype currently being used by the FE2W Network to test, contest and develop the ROAD process with decision-makers. Version 1.0 and subsequent versions of the Guide will integrate lessons from FE2W Network projects and future developments in risk assessment. ROAD has been applied in Vietnam, in the Eastern Gangetic Plains and most recently in Canterbury, New Zealand. The ROAD process is being continually updated based on additional insights from field applications.

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January 2017

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FE2W is a group of leading experts from universities, multilateral organisations and non-government organisations committed to addressing the world's food, energy, environment and water challenges. Its motto is "Understand Risks - Engage Decision-Makers - Enable Action".

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