Wise decision makers welcome public participation because it can lead to better decisions. In this lesson, you've learned that there is a spectrum of participation, from merely informing the public to more meaningful involvement, collaboration, and empowerment. The right level of participation depends on the circumstances, but, too often, the public isn't involved enough in decisions like the ones discussed in this course. This week, you read case studies that demonstrate how, under the right conditions, GIS and related geospatial technologies can facilitate higher levels of public participation. Keep in mind, however, that technical solutions alone are not enough to overcome concerns about environmental justice.
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