Indicators for Sustainable Development

Authored by: Joachim H. Spangenberg

Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415838429
eBook ISBN: 9780203785300
Adobe ISBN: 9781135040727


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Sustainability indicators are technical means for monitoring trends relevant to sustainable development, and if combined with politically set targets, to assess distance to the target and the progress in getting closer to it. Obviously, the choice of targets and indicators is influenced if not determined by the sustainability concept that the respective agent holds and/or promotes, resulting in a diverse array of indicators and assumptions on which they rest. The two most important families of concepts are introduced in the second section of this chapter.

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