The VALSE Project
VALSE (Valuation for Sustainable Environments) was a project whose team sought to design and demonstrate, through empirical studies combined with methodological discussion, valuation procedures for policy in specific situations. The work programme carried out between 1996 and 1998 had four phases. The first was the development of a range of working hypotheses about the various factors in the social construction of environmental values, based on previous theoretical and empirical research. From these methodologcal considerations, the second phase moved to detailed research design and valuation practices appropriate for the specific features of four case studies carried out in Spain, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. The third phase was a move back to methodology, using the case studies to formulate recommendations about valuation practices as components in environmental polic design and public expenditure evaluation programmes. The final phase, of which this paper is itself an instance, involves the communication of the project results to policymakers, researchers, ands the interested public, by both formal and informal means. This report documents synthetically the whole of the project: Part One outlines the main methodological features of the work, and Part Two covers the four case-studies, concluding with some comparative remarks and lessons for environmental vaulation practice and policy.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18677 EN (1998) 330pp.
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Record Number: 199910673 / Last updated on: 1999-04-30
Original language: en
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