Sustainable or not? The roles and limitations of user involvement in setting reference levels for indicators via computerized tools

Durable ou non? Rôles et limites dans l'implication des utilisateurs afin de définir des niveaux de références pour les indicateurs au moyens d'outils informatiques

Bezlepkina, I. ; Verburg, R. ; Van Der Heide, M. ; Stapleton, L. ; Brouwer, F. ; Josien, E.

Type de document
Communication scientifique avec actes
Langue
Anglais
Affiliation de l'auteur
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NLD ; AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NLD ; AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NLD ; SUSSEX ENERGY GROUP GBR ; AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NLD ; CEMAGREF CLERMONT FERRAND UMR METAFORT FRA
Année
2008
Résumé / Abstract
The paper starts with a review of the approaches used to establish reference levels for indicators followed by a discussion on the role of institutions in setting reference levels via legislation as well as societal pressure. The paper provides illustrations from selected tools on the possibility of interactive visualizations of indicators of sustainability. It concludes with a discussion on (a) how additional flexibility can be introduced by allowing users to define weighting factors in so-called composite indicators of sustainability (where economic, social and environmental dimensions are integrated into an index-number) with a cautionary note on the statistical limitations of permitting different weights within a composite index and (b) the applicability of such frameworks to situations outside of Europe for example in sustainability studies in developing countries (www.lupis.eu).
Congrès
Impact assessment of land use changes, 06/04/2008 - 09/04/2008, Berlin, DEU
Document d'origine
Impact Assessment of Land Use Changes, Book of Abstracts, International Conference, Berlin, Germany, 6-9 April 2008. O. Dilly, K. Helming (eds)
Editeur
Humboldt University

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