Edited by Hussein Abaza, Chief, Economics
and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics,
UNEP; and Andrea Baranzini, Senior Lecturer, University
of Geneva and Lecturer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Lausanne and Co-Principal Investigator, Swiss National Centre
for Competence in Research 'Climate', Switzerland.
increasingly seek to design environmental and development
policies that will support sustainable development. Thus,
practical tools to help formulate sustainable development
policies and clear methods to assess their acceptability
and effectiveness are urgently needed. This book contributes
to meeting these needs by presenting both analytical and
empirical aspects of decision-making processes.
authors explore the methods for integrating environmental
and social sciences to support participatory policy design,
implementation and assessment of sustainable development
policies. These methods are applied, richly illustrated
and discussed with reference to several case studies from
various regions of the world. Although each chapter has
a distinct focus, they all contribute to a clearer understanding
of how sustainable development is perceived and assessed
by society. The book is interdisciplinary, emphasizing how
the integration of a wide set of disciplines and stakeholder
perspectives into the policy-making process can help to
improve the perception of sustainable development policies.
The authors argue that there should be greater transparency
in the processes of modelling and integrated assessment
in order to increase the meaningful participation of all
stakeholders involved in the decision-making process.
avoiding technical jargon, this book will appeal to a broad
audience including environmental, resource and development
economists. It will also be of interest to anyone with a
scientific or policy perspective in the measurement and
assessment of sustainable development.
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