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Measuring regional sustainability: lessons to be learned

Wallis, Anne, Richards, Anneke, O'Toole, Kevin and Mitchell, Brad 2007, Measuring regional sustainability: lessons to be learned, International journal of environment and sustainable development, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 193-207, doi: 10.1504/IJESD.2007.014203.

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Title Measuring regional sustainability: lessons to be learned
Author(s) Wallis, Anne
Richards, Anneke
O'Toole, Kevin
Mitchell, Brad
Journal name International journal of environment and sustainable development
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 207
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication Milton Keynes, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1474-6778
1478-7466
Keyword(s) sustainability
regional sustainability
Australia
sustainability monitoring
sustainability evaluation
sustainability measurement
multidimensional aspects
indicators
sustainable development
Summary Developing tools for measuring progress toward sustainability has proven a challenging task. Indicators offer an excellent means to explore the success or otherwise of management strategies. They also allow reporting social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability. To ensure that the tools developed are effective in measuring the progress toward sustainable futures, an evaluation of the methods and the indicators used must be undertaken so that with progress there is learning and with the new knowledge methods can be redesigned to better advance sustainability. This paper discusses a study carried out in the south west region of Victoria, Australia, using indicators as the basis for developing a tool to measure progress toward sustainability. By evaluating the methods and indicators used in the study this paper provides an insight into the challenges encountered and the lessons learned. Issues explored include selecting indicators, collating data, integrating social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability and using an adaptive approach.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJESD.2007.014203
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Inderscience Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007383

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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