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Indicators and Evaluation Tools for the Assessment of Urban Sustainability

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  • Giuseppe Munda

    (Departament d'Economia i d'Història Econòmica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

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This paper attempts to provide an explanation of why reductionistic approaches are not adequate to tackle the urban sustainability issue in a consistent way. Concepts such as urban environmental carrying capacity and ecological footprint are discussed. Multicriteria evaluation is proposed as a general multidimensional framework for the assessment of urban sustainability. This paper deals with the following main topics: · definition of the concept of urban sustainability, · discussion of relevant sustainability indicators, · multicriteria evaluation as a framework for the assessment of urban sustainability, · an illustrative example.

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Paper provided by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament d'Economia i Història Econòmica, Unitat d'Història Econòmica in its series UHE Working papers with number 2001_10.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:aub:uhewps:2001_10

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Keywords: Urban environmental carrying capacity; ecological footprint; multicriteria evaluation; NAIADE method;

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  1. Munda, G. & Nijkamp, P. & Rietveld, P., 1992. "Qualitative multicriteria methods for fuzzy evaluation problems : an illustration of economic-ecological evaluation," Serie Research Memoranda, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics 0057, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
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