The DECOIN project has three main objectives:
(1) to evaluate existing methods and analytical frameworks in order to assess the progress towards sustainable development,
(2) to elaborate of forecasts and scenarios, and to identify of inter-relationships between selected unsustainable trends in the EU, and
(3) to carry out a detailed analysis on the inter-relationships between selected unsustainable trends and to provide a tool for the analysis and for forecasting.
Existing indicator frameworks such as DPSIR, STEEPV, and large-scale one-dimensional frameworks e.g. ecological footprint, aggregated material flows, energy, and others, will be evaluated from the perspective of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy in order to find out their strengths an d weaknesses. Different scenarios of the unsustainable trends identified in the EU Sustainable Development Strategy will be also evaluated.
A detailed analysis of the inter-relationships of the development processes related to the unsustainable trends, t heir synergies and trade-offs will be carried out by utilizing analytical frameworks such as Advanced Sustainability Analysis (ASA), Sustainability Multicriteria Multiscale Assessment (SUMMA) and Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MSIASEM) developed by the consortium. Based on the analyses an integrated tool will be constructed for assessment of interlinkages and for forecasting.
The results of the project will be disseminated widely to administration at EU, national and local levels, to companies, NGOs and research institutes.
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