|Title||Use of geo-information in environmental policy: Limitations, advantages and challenges|
|Author(s)||Vullings, Wies; Bulens, Jandirk; Walvoort, Dennis|
|Source||International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems 5 (2014)1. - ISSN 1947-3192 - p. 38 - 58.|
Applied Spatial Research
Alterra - Soil geography
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Environmental policy - Geo-information - Policy cycle - Policy support systems - Stakeholder participation|
To date, use of the full potential of geo-information is not often applied in the daily practice of policy makers. The main questions explored by this research are: Why is geo-information not widely used in policy and how can this be improved? A conceptual framework was developed to evaluate the use of geo-information. For five cases, the use of geo-information was evaluated by means of this framework. The results of the evaluation, as well as the usefulness of the framework, are discussed. Recommendations on spatial thinking and practice, availability and quality of a spatial data infrastructure and implementation of new geo-applications in policy-making are also made.