Frameworks to Measure Sustainable Development [electronic resource]: An OECD Expert Workshop / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Paris : OECD Publishing, 2000.
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- 168 p. : ill. ; 20x27cm
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- Foreword -- Report of the September 1999 OECD Expert Workshop on the Measurement of Sustainable Development by Carl Obst -- A Framework for Measuring Sustainable Development by Anne Harrison -- A Framework to Measure the Interaction between the Economy and the Environment by Alessandra Alfieri -- Measuring the Wealth of Nations by Kirk Hamilton and John A. Dixon -- Social Capital, Human Capital, and Sustainable Development by Tom Schuller -- Genuine Saving as a Sustainability Indicator by Kirk Hamilton -- The Policy Relevance and Uses of Aggregate Indicators: Genuine Savings by David Pearce -- Measuring Sustainable Development: The Case for a Systematic Physical Framework by Allen L. Hammond and Emily Matthews -- Technology and Sustainable Development by Giles Atkinson -- Headline Indicators of Sustainable Development in the United Kingdom by Hillary Hillier -- Measuring Development Progress: A Working Set of Core Indicators by Brian Hammond -- OECD Agri-Environmental Indicators by Kevin Parris -- IEA Energy/Emission Indicators by Fridtjof Unander and Lee Schipper -- Territorial Indicators for Sustainable Development. Why? and How? by Heino Von Meyer -- List of Participants
- On the surface there is agreement, sustainable development refers to a broad set of issues, going beyond the relationship between the economy and the environment to encompass human and social concerns. Scratch the surface and you open a Pandora's box of differing notions of sustainability and means of achieving it. How can progress towards sustainable development be measured then? The major difficulty in developing indicators to track progress towards sustainable development is not the lack of data but rather the lack of frameworks to organise and synthesize existing information. This volume brings together a number of approaches to this question pursued in academia, national administrations and international organisations, as presented at an expert workshop held at the OECD headquarters in September 1999. These approaches include developments of the traditional national accounts system, construction of synthetic measures of sustainability such as "genuine savings", physical measures of material flows, and selections of indicators based on variants of the "pressure, state, response" model. This volume also reviews a number of initiatives undertaken within the OECD to monitor trends in the sustainability of specific sectors and sub-national areas.
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