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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 281; doi:10.3390/ijerph15020281

Stakeholders Opinions on Multi-Use Deep Water Offshore Platform in Hsiao-Liu-Chiu, Taiwan

Department of Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 11 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 January 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decision Models in Green Growth and Sustainable Development)
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This paper describes a group model building activity designed to elicit the potential effects a projected multi-use deep water offshore platform may have on its local environment, including ecological and socio-economic issues. As such a platform is proposed for construction around the island of Hsiao-Liu-Chiu, Taiwan, we organized several meetings with the local stakeholders and structured the debates using group modeling methods to promote consensus. During the process, the participants iteratively built and revised a causal-loop diagram that summarizes their opinions. Overall, local stakeholders concluded that a multi-use deep water offshore marine platform might have beneficial effects for Hsiao-Liu-Chiu because more tourists and fish could be attracted by the structure, but they also raised some potential problems regarding the law in Taiwan and the design of the offshore platform, especially its resistance to extreme weather. We report the method used and the main results and insights gained during the process. View Full-Text
Keywords: offshore platform; group model building; stakeholders; causal-loop diagram; systems thinking offshore platform; group model building; stakeholders; causal-loop diagram; systems thinking

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Sie, Y.-T.; Château, P.-A.; Chang, Y.-C.; Lu, S.-Y. Stakeholders Opinions on Multi-Use Deep Water Offshore Platform in Hsiao-Liu-Chiu, Taiwan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 281.

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