27.1 Life cycle thinking in decision-making towards sustainable governance

Jie Zhang , Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Per Christensen , Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Lone KÝrnÝv , Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Abstract:
When concerned with planning and decision making, the more comprehensive and earlier it is to be considered and evaluated, the more sustainable benefit it will bring with. However, it is difficult to include every aspect into consideration. How to think in a thorough and sustainable way couldn’t be more emphasized. A major challenge is to coordinate cross-sector participatory and integrate multi-level decision process, to make sure the decision has the capacity to support the long lasting development from the very beginning to the end. This paper presents a context analysis and integrated perspective using life cycle thinking way in the decision-making process based on the Life Cycle Thinking Model in Policy-making (LCTMP) it is established. Through covering a policy’s life time into consideration, including target setting, current state analysis, distance analysis, proposals formation, alternatives comparison, multi-stakeholder participating, consensus building, policy formation, policy taken into force, policy modified, sustainable governance, etc, it came to the conclusion that it is efficient to use the life cycle thinking way to conduct a more rational, transparent, multi-level stakeholder involved, sustainable decision making from its cradle to grave, from its upstream to downstream, from macro-level to micro-level, so as to obtain a combined consensus and strengthened governance capacity.

 Key words: life cycle thinking, decision making, sustainable governance