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- xxvii, 413 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Dahl, Arthur L.Hák, Tomáš,Moldan, Bedřich.
- Corporate Author
- International Council for Science. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.
- "UNEP ; ICSU ; European Environment Agency ; IHDP."Contents: Foreword. Finding the right indicators for policymaking / Jacqueline McGlade -- 1. Challenges to sustainability indicators / Bedrich Moldan and Arthur Dahl -- Part I. Cross-cultural issues -- 2. Meeting conceptual challenges / Sylvia Karlsson, et al. -- 3. Identifying methodological challenges / Tom Bauler, et al. -- 4. Ensuring policy relevance / Louise Rickard, et al. -- Part II. General approaches -- 5. Indicators: boring statistics or the key to sustainable development? / Jochen Jesinghaus -- 6. Sustainability indicators: an economist's view / Tomasz Zylicz -- 7. The institutional dimension of sustainable development / Joachim H. Spangenberg --Includes bibliographical references and index.Part III. Methodological aspects -- 8. Frameworks for environmental assessment and indicators at the EEA / David Stanners, et al. -- 9. Frameworks for policy integration indicators, sustainable development and for evaluating complex scientific evidence / David Stanners, et al. -- 10. Integrated assessment and indicators / Arthur L. Dahl -- 11. Qualitative System Sustainability Index: A new type of sustainability indicator / Jasper Grosskurth and Jan Rotmans -- Part IV. System and sectoral approaches -- 12. Indicators of natural resource use and consumption / Nina Eisenmenger, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, and Helga Weisz -- 13. Indicators to measure decoupling of environmental pressure from economic growth / Kenneth G. Ruffing -- 14. Geobiosphere load: proposal for an index / Bedrich Moldan, Tomás Hák, et al. -- 15. Sustainable development and the use of health-and-environment indicators / Yasmin von Schirnding -- 16. Biodiversity indicators / Reinette Biggs, et al. --17. Human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) as indicator for pressures on biodiversity / Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb, et al. --Part V. Case studies -- 18. The development of UK sustainable development indicators: making indicators work / Stephen Hall -- 19. Developing tools for the assessment of sustainable development in the province of Brabant, the Netherlands / Luuk Knippenberg, et al. -- 20. Sustainability assessment indicators: development and practice in China / Rusong Wang and Juergen Paulussen -- 21. A Core set of UNEP GEO Indicators among global environmental indices, indicators and data / Jaap van Woerden, Ashbindu Singh, and Volodymyr Demkine -- 22. Further work is needed to develop sustainable development indicators / Edgar E. Gutiérrez Espeleta -- 23. The Yale and Columbia Universities' Environmental Sustainability Index 2005 / compiled by Tomás Hák -- Annex. Menu of Selected Sustainable Development Indicators.Summary: "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." -- Publisher description.