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Advanced - Techniques for Evaluation of Sustainability Assessment Tools

Advanced - Techniques for Evaluation of Sustainability Assessment Tools

Objective

To realize progress towards the ambitions on Sustainable Development (SD) the EU and others should set wise objectives and ensure effective implementation. This requires proper policies and a consistent implementation process. To make equitable and ambitious decisions on which policies to develop and to review the progress made towards the SD goals, tools (i.e.methods, models, approaches and appraisals) are needed that support strategy development, ex ante sustainability impact assessments (Seas) as well as policy reviews. This project will assist in improving both Seas and the SD strategy definition, by high-level validation of the tools using consistent and comprehensive evaluation framework. First, a draft evaluation framework and key aspects of SD will be formulated. Then a catalogue of state of the art tools will be made and a preliminary evaluation of the tools in the context of different policy questions will be carried out based on literature reviews. In this phase the project will focus on water, climate and agriculture & land-use policy questions. Then an array of tools will be tested in one case study on agriculture& land-use. This will lead to a final evaluation framework that indicates how the tools relate, the merits of each tool, the circumstances under which they can be used, the pros and cons and the extent to which they integrate externalities of policies. Moreover, the evaluation framework will show which tools are useful for answering which key aspects of SD and will identify the trade-offs of using the different tools for addressing the three pillars of Dafter this project there will be a better insight for policy-makers and those carrying out Seas, what tools they can best use in decision-making or assessment processes, given the available resources and the desired scope of the process. This can clearly improve the quality of the decision-making or assessment process, and thus improve Seas and SD strategy definition.

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Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

Address

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Marjan Elisabeth MINNESMA (Ms)

Participants (17)

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÄT OSNABRÜCK

Germany

INSTITUT FÜR LÄNDLICHE STRUKTURFORSCHUNG AN DER JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITÄT

Germany

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

CESKÝ EKOLOGICKÝ ÚSTAV

Czechia

POTSDAM-INSTITUT FÜR KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Sweden

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÄT KASSEL

Germany

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

ECOLOGIC - INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE UND EUROPAEISCHE UMWELTPOLITIK GGMBH

Germany

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUER KLIMA, UMWELT UND ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Canada

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505328

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 642 274

  • EU contribution

    € 1 299 874

Coordinated by:

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

Netherlands