Regional sustainability: how useful are the current tools of sustainability assessment at the regional scale?

Graymore, MIchelle L. M., Sipe, Neil G. and Rickson, Roy E. (2008) Regional sustainability: how useful are the current tools of sustainability assessment at the regional scale?. Ecological Economics, 67 3: 362-372. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.06.002


Author Graymore, MIchelle L. M.
Sipe, Neil G.
Rickson, Roy E.
Title Regional sustainability: how useful are the current tools of sustainability assessment at the regional scale?
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
1873-6106
Publication date 2008-10-15
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.06.002
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 67
Issue 3
Start page 362
End page 372
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Abstract Sustainability assessment methods are primarily aimed at global, national or state scales. However, modelling sustainability at finer spatial scales, such as the region, is essential for understanding and achieving sustainability. Regions are emerging as an essential focus for sustainability researchers, natural resource managers and strategic planners working to develop and implement sustainability goals. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of current sustainability assessment methods - ecological footprint, wellbeing assessment, ecosystem health assessment, quality of life and natural resource availability - at the regional scale. Each of these assessment methods are tested using South East Queensland (SEQ) as a case study. It was selected because of its ecological and demographic diversity, its combination of coastal and land management issues, and its urban metropolitan and rural farm and non-farm communities. The applicability of each of these methods to regional assessment was examined using an evaluation criteria matrix, which describes the attributes of an effective method and the characteristics that make these methods useful for regional management and building community capacity to progress sustainability. We found that the methods tested failed to effectively measure progress toward sustainability at the regional scale, demonstrating the need for a new method for assessing regional sustainability
Keyword Sustainability assessment
Regional sustainability
Sustainability indicators
Natural resource management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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