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A framework for regional sustainability assessment: developing indicators for a Portuguese region

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  • Pedro Coelho

    (CENSE, Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research, Departamento de Ciências e Engenharia do Ambiente, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal)

  • André Mascarenhas

    (CIMA, Centre on Marine and Environmental Research, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal)

  • Paula Vaz

    (ARH, Administração de Região Hidrográfica do Algarve, Portugal)

  • Anabela Dores

    (ARH, Administração de Região Hidrográfica do Algarve, Portugal)

  • Tomás B. Ramos

    (CENSE, Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research, Departamento de Ciências e Engenharia do Ambiente, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal)

Abstract

Regional sustainability indicators are increasingly being developed. Their significance becomes obvious when important public policy-making strategies are decentralized to regions or local governments. This research designed a framework for the development of regional sustainability indicators. Its main goal is to assess and report regional sustainability performance, incorporating a significant public participation component. When the proposed approach was tested in the Algarve region, it was found useful to engage a broad range of stakeholders in regional sustainability assessment. This case study is a practical example of how regional sustainability can be assessed as a dynamic participative process, involving multi-stakeholders, to obtain a regional profile. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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  • Pedro Coelho & André Mascarenhas & Paula Vaz & Anabela Dores & Tomás B. Ramos, 2010. "A framework for regional sustainability assessment: developing indicators for a Portuguese region," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(4), pages 211-219.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:18:y:2010:i:4:p:211-219 DOI: 10.1002/sd.488
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