Journal Article

Title Integrated Sustainability Assessment: toward a new paradigm
Author Weaver, Paul M.
Published on 30 Jun 2005
Published by Technische Universität Wien
Published in Volume 31 • Issue 1/2 • 2005 , pages 47-53
Keywords (English) Integrated Sustainability Assessment, multi-level governance, policy assessment, sustainability impact assessment, quality assurance of governance
AC AC11360424
DOI 10.34749/oes.2005.1084
URN urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:4-1084

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Abstract (English)

There is an urgent need to improve our capacity to assess the sustainability of systems relevant to development processes and the sustainability impact of policies and other drivers of change on these. Crucially, there is a clear demand from policy makers for improved sustainability assessments of policies in order to assure good governance. Although sustainability assessment of policies is practised already through a regime of integrated assessment that incorporates some sustainability impacts, assessmenttoday is partial. The scope of today's assessment tools is too limited to capture all relevant impacts and the quality of assessments is limited by gaps and weaknesses in available tools and methods. Assessment is not practised comprehensively across all relevant levels and domains of policy making and is mostly restricted to sectoral level (rather than more strategic, cross-sectoral) policy assessments. Even in this limited implementation sphere, assessment is methodologically inconsistent across applications.This paper reflects on the challenges of improving the processes and tools of sustainability assessmentand on how these challenges might be met through anew assessment paradigm of Integrated Sustainability Assessment.

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