A new paper has discussed how to deal with scientific policy making in a constantly changing environment. I particularly liked the notions of supporting of ecosystem diversity to give breadth to policies and devoting time to monitoring species and analysing the resulting data. The suggestions give a way of making policies adaptable to future changes, making them successful over longer periods of time.
We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail. Likewise, two professors argue that ecosystem managers must learn to make decisions based on an uncertain future.