Title
Sustainability assessment and indicators : tools in a decision-making strategy for sustainable development Sustainability assessment and indicators : tools in a decision-making strategy for sustainable development
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Economics
Chemistry
Biology
Source (journal)
Sustainability
Volume/pages
6(2014) :9 , p. 5512-5534
ISSN
2071-1050
ISI
000342902000001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Recognizing the urgent need for sustainability, we argue that to move beyond the rhetoric and to actually realize sustainable development, it must be considered as a decision-making strategy. We demonstrate that sustainability assessment and sustainability indicators can be powerful decision-supporting tools that foster sustainable development by addressing three sustainability decision-making challenges: interpretation, information-structuring, and influence. Particularly, since the 1990s many substantial and often promising sustainability assessment and sustainability indicators efforts are made. However, better practices and a broader shared understanding are still required. We aim to contribute to that objective by adopting a theoretical perspective that frames SA and SI in the context of sustainable development as a decision-making strategy and that introduces both fields along several essential aspects in a structured and comparable manner.
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