Current limitations in sustainability indicators' system development derive from (Euro stat):
lack of (sect oral) integration;
lack of data;
sect oral barriers; lack of consensus;
difficulties for an index definition;
lack of comparability. The project pretends to overcome the main obstacles indicators currently face. Thus, three research lines will be faced:
i) Place the sustainability concept in the middle of the indicator system:
The hypothesis proposed is to define sustainability in a well-structured hierarchy in order to make the system as independent as possible from the indicators and the data available.
Comparability is usually identified with the use of identical algorithms for each indicator in different regions. Could we search for a more logical comparability framework among regions.Equivalent concepts do not necessarily mean identical methods for indicator's calculation. We are interested in investigating the suitability of referring comparability among regions based on a basic common framework.
i) Integrate the information for indicator calculation by means of System Dynamics:
iiSystem Dynamics offers a very suitable tool for the development of a formalised heuristic description for sustainability, capable of developing an integrated and autonomous information system for indicator development.
There are two features that make SD suitable for sustainability aspects:
the study of trends and the integration of local and universal knowledge.iii) Using the existing network for regional sustainability indicator development:
There are several efforts at European level to create regional networks of European interest. It will be very useful to investigate the feasibility of using some of these European institutions and networks to consistently develop a regional sustainability indicator system. Collaboration with regional or national institutions should provide the project with the necessary link with real problems at regional/national level.
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