Sustainability Indicators Measuring the Immeasurable?

ISBN-10: 1844072991
ISBN-13: 9781844072996
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Widely considered to be a foundation text in the crucial task of doing sustainability, this revised and fully updated edition of Sustainability Indicators continues to address this vital dimension. Building on the groundbreaking first edition, the authors bring the indicator literature up to date and show that the basic requirement for a systemic approach is now well-grounded in experiential evidence. They examine the origins and development of the Systemic Sustainability Analysis (SSA), which as been developed in practice in a number of countries on an array of projects since the first edition. They also look at how SSA has evolved into Systemic Prospective Sustainability Analysis (SPSA) and now into IMAGINE, and they provide an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of projects which undertake work in the general field of sustainable development and in particular how a wide range of participatory methodologies have been adopted.

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
The Bad Application of Good Science?
Sustainability and Sustainability Indicators
Introduction and objectives
Two roots of sustainability
The meaning of sustainability
Space and time in sustainability
System quality
Sustainability in practice
Indicators of ecosystem health
Sustainability indicators and indices
Sustainability indicators: A realistic and reasonable approach to measuring sustainability?
Sustainability Indicators in Practice
Introduction and objectives
Maximum sustainable yield
Problems with applying maximum sustainable yield
Maximum sustainable yield as a sustainability indicator
Sustainability indicators in marine ecosystems: The AMOEBA approach
Conclusions
Indicators, Cities, Institutions and Projects
Introduction and objectives
Sustainable communities
Institutional sustainability
Projects, appraisal and sustainability
The Application of Grounded and Pragmatic Systemisism
Paradigms and Professionals
Introduction and objectives
Changes in thinking: From science to systems
The demise of narrow scientism
Systems approaches to problem-solving
A range of systems approaches
A problem-solving approach: The soft systems method
Problem description: The learning organization approach
Appraisal: The participatory rural appraisal approach
Project handling: The logframe approach
An overview of systemic approaches
New definitions and new thinking: Holism, eclecticism, systemisism and future casting
Emerging premises for SI development
Projects and Sustainability Indicators
Introduction and objectives
The project scenario for SIs
The stakeholder scenario for SIs: Participation and coalition
Accommodating multiple views of sustainability
Introducing the systemic sustainability analysis idea: The Imagine Approach
Imagine: An Example of a Systemic Sustainability Analysis
Introduction and objectives
The beginning of the process - understand the context
Identify the main SIs and the band of equilibrium
The development of AMOEBA and scenario-making
Review and meta-scenario-making
Publicity, publicizing and marketing the message - influencing policy
Conclusion: Renewing the cycle
Where Next? Humility and Honesty
Sustainability Indicators: The Rhetoric and the Reality
Introduction and objectives
Managing expectation in the projectified world order
Organic and empowering approaches compared to inorganic and dehumanizing approaches
Culture change
The essential need for reflective practice
Future research priorities
Epistemological questions
The systemic approach
Participatory SIs in social development projects and research
Assessment of SIs
References
Index

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