Increasing demand for solution-oriented environmental assessments brings significant opportunities and challenges at the science–policy–society interface. Solution-oriented assessments should enable inclusive deliberative learning processes about policy alternatives and their practical consequences.

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Acknowledgements

The insights presented here are based on a larger research project Future of Global Environmental Assessment Making (2013–2016) jointly initiated by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and UN Environment.

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