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Sustainability indicators: is there consensus among stakeholders?

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posted on 2006-09-01, 00:00 authored by Anne WallisAnne Wallis
Measuring regional sustainability must include local approaches, as sustainability will be determined by what the community values and the relative importance of these values will depend on community expectations, which vary. One of the biggest challenges for introducing strategies for sustainability is that multiple stakeholders are involved and they have differing objectives. This paper reports on a study conducted in the south-west region of Victoria, Australia, which investigated the level of consensus among stakeholders involved in determining indicators for measuring the region's progress toward sustainability. Principal Component Analysis was used to determine if there was a difference between stakeholder groups when it came to selecting appropriate indicators. The organisations demonstrated a high degree of consensus about which indicators were important. These findings suggest that although organisations have different aims and strategic goals, their views on what should be measured to determine progress toward sustainability are indeed similar.

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Journal

International journal of environment and sustainable development

Volume

5

Issue

3

Pagination

287 - 296

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Location

Buckinghamshire, England

ISSN

1474-6778

eISSN

1478-7466

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Inderscience Publishers

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