Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, national governments have introduced a range of policy measures designed to steer their economies along a more sustainable path. Yet how are we to know how successful these have been? This significant new book discusses the ways in which sustainable development indicators can be improved in order to both assess the impact of past policies and avoid the repetition of previous failings.
Covering a broad range of indicators relating to national accounts, aggregate welfare, natural capital, ecosystem health and human-environment interactions, this volume provides an important assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each. With contributions from some of the most eminent scholars in the field, the book competently analyses the various methods of measuring the sustainable development performance of nations, and suggests many ways in which these can be developed and improved. While the contributors might offer conflicting views, the message they convey is universal - the quest for appropriate sustainable development indicators is critically important if we are ever to bring about a fairer, sustainable and more efficient world.
Edited by Philip Lawn, Flinders University, Australia
Contents: Part I: Introduction to Sustainable Development Indicators 1. Introduction Philip Lawn 2. Sustainable Development: Concept and Indicators Philip Lawn Part II: Sustainable Development and National Accounting 3. The Economic Rationale for Green Accounting Salah El Serafy 4. Environmental Accounting and Policy Making John Lintott 5. Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change by Means of Green Accounting H. Asbjorn Aaheim 6. A Critical Appraisal of Genuine Savings as an Indicator of Sustainability Simon Dietz and Eric Neumayer Part III: Sustainable Development and Welfare 7. An Assessment of Alternative Measures of Sustainable Economic Welfare Philip Lawn 8. Policy Implications of the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare: Thailand as a Case Study Matthew Clarke 9. Some Constructive Criticisms of the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare Simon Dietz and Eric Neumayer Part IV: Sustainable Development and Natural Capital Accounting 10. Measurement of the Natural Capital Stock: Conceptual Foundations and Preliminary Empirics Richard W. England 11. Indicators and Measures of Critical Natural Capital Rudolf de Groot, Lars Hein, Carolien Kroeze, Rik Leemans and David Niemeijer 12. Ecological Footprint Accounts for Advancing Sustainability: Measuring Human Demands on Nature Mathis Wackernagel, Dan Moran, Sahm White and Michael Murray 13. Managing for Sustainability: Ecological Footprints, Ecosystem Health and the Forest Capital Index David Rapport and Ola Ullsten Part V: Sustainable Development and Indicators of Human-Environment Interaction 14. Sustainability Scenarios as Interpretive Frameworks for Indicators of Human-Environment Interaction Janne Hukkinen 15. Getting the Most Out of Eco-Efficiency Indicators for Policy Nigel Jollands 16. Eco-Efficiency Indicators Applied to Australia and their Policy Relevance Philip Lawn 17. Material Flow-Based Indicators for Evaluation of Eco-Efficiency and Dematerialisation Policies Stefan Giljum Part VI: Concluding Assessments of Sustainable Development Indicators 18. Sustainable Development Indicators and Human Needs John Peet 19. Selecting Headline Indicators for Tracking Progress to Sustainability in a Nation State Murray Patterson Index