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Sustainability Indicators: A Scientific Assessment (Scope)

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While the concept of sustainability has been widely embraced, it has been only vaguely defined and is exceedingly difficult to measure. Sustainability indicators are critical to making the broad concept of sustainability operational by providing specific measures by which decision makers and the public can judge progress.
 
Sustainability Indicators defines the present state of the art in indicator development. It presents a comprehensive assessment of the science behind various indicators, while placing special emphasis on their use as communications tools. The contributors draw on their experience as academics and practitioners to describe the conceptual challenges to measuring something as complex as sustainability at local, regional, national, and global scales. The book also reviews existing indicators to assess how they could be better employed, considering which indicators are overused and which have been underutilized.
 
Sustainability Indicators will help planners and policy makers find indicators that are ready for application and relevant to their needs, and will help researchers identify the unresolved issues where progress is most urgently needed. All readers will find advice as to the most effective ways to use indicators to support decision making.

Book News Annotation:

When it is not desirable or practical to wait a hundred years or so to find out whether a practice is sustainable--that is, always--organizations and governments develop indicators and indices they hope will predict the degree of sustainability. Mostly each develops its own, which means there are at least dozens, maybe hundreds in use. A team of Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment and the United Nations prepared this guide to assessing the reliability of such indicators. They also include some case studies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Sustainability Indicators helps planners and policy makers find indicators that are ready for application and relevant to their needs, and will help researchers identify the unresolved issues where progress is most urgently needed. All readers will find advice as to the most effective ways to use indicators to support decision making.

About the Author

Tomás Hák is Deputy Director and Head of the Indicator Unit at Charles University Environment Center in Prague.

Professor Bedrich Moldan held the historic position of first Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic and is now Director of the Charles University Environment Center inPrague.

Arthur Dahl served as Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is now a consultant to UNEP and other international organizations.

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969. It brings together natural and social scientists to identify emerging or potential environmental issues and to address jointly the nature and solution of environmental problems on a global basis.With its headquarters in Paris, France, SCOPE programs are conducted by volunteer scientists from every inhabited continent of the globe.

Table of Contents

List of figures, Tables, Boxes and Appendixes

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Challenges to Sustainability Indicators

 

PART I. Crosscutting Issues

Chapter 2. Meeting Conceptual Challenges

Chapter 3. Identifying Methodological Challenges

Chapter 4. Ensuring Policy Relevance

 

PART II. General Approaches

Chapter 5. Indicators: Boring Statistics or the Key to Sustainable Development?

Chapter 6. Sustainability Indicators: An Economist's View

Chapter 7. The Institutional Dimension of Sustainable Development

 

PART III. Methodological Aspects

Chapter 8. Frameworks for Environmental Assessment and Indicators at the EEA

Chapter 9. Frameworks for Policy Integration Indicators, for Sustainable Development, and for Evaluating Complex Scientific Evidence

Chapter 10. Integrated Assessment and Indicators

Chapter 11. Qualitative System Sustainability Index: A New Type of Sustainability Indicator

 

PART IV. System and Sectoral Approaches

Chapter 12. Indicators of Natural Resource Use and Consumption

Chapter 13. Indicators to Measure Decoupling of Environmental Pressure from Economic Growth

Chapter 14. Geobiosphere Load: Proposal for an Index

Chapter 15. Sustainable Development and the Use of Health and Environment Indicators

Chapter 16. Biodiversity Indicators

Chapter 17. Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production (HANPP) as Indicator for Pressures on Biodiversity

 

PART V. Case studies

Chapter 18. The Development of UK Sustainable Development Indicators: Making Indicators Work

Chapter 19. Developing Tools for the Assessment of Sustainable Development in the Province of Brabant, the Netherlands

Chapter 20. Sustainability Assessment Indicators: Development of Practice in China

Chapter 21. A Core set of UNEP GEO Indicators Among Global Environmental Indices, Indicators, and Data

Chapter 22. Further Work Needed to Develop Sustainable Development Indicators

Chapter 23. Yale and Columbia Universities' Environmental Sustainability Index 2005

 

Annex: Menu of Selected Sustainable Development Indicators

List of Contributors

SCOPE Series List

SCOPE Executive-Committee 2005–2008

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597261319
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Tomás Hák and Bedrich Moldan and Arthur Lyon Dahl
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Island Press
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Natural Resources
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Environmental monitoring
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Sustainable development -- Evaluation.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Series
Series Volume:
67
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
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Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
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Pages:
448
Dimensions:
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