Environmental research and governance in the digital age
The digital age is characterized by a broad range of developments: the interplay of dispersed and centralized, fragmented and uniform, volatile and stable, dynamic and slow developments may amount to large societal phenomena rapidly (e.g. opinion building via social network effects, power structures behind digital platforms). Against that background, digitization is also a challenge for environmental research and governance. For the Federal Environmental Ministry (BMU) and its subordinated agencies (UBA, BfN, BfS, BASE) this challenge means,
- to direct digitization in its entire breadth and diversity into environmentally friendly boundaries,
- to benefit from the environmental opportunites of digitization and from the opportunites for a socio-ecological transformation of the economy,
- to recognize the changes caused by digitization in its own environment, and
- to make use of these changes, in order to position itself anew in relation to environmental research and governance and to redesign its tasks accordingly.