Introduction - Why Sustainability Indicators In Practice?

Agnieszka E Latawiec and Dorice Agol

1  From Rio To Rio – A Short History Of Sustainability Indicators At The International Level

1.1 The First Earth Summit And Aftermath

Sustainability indicators attempt to capture measures of economic, social and environmental processes in order to assist decision making to improve social and environmental outcomes. In other words, they are a means of gauging sustainability. Criteria that sustainability indicators should satisfy abound in the literature including, among others, the need to accurately reflect changes in the system, be transparent, measurable, verifiable, socially acceptable, adaptive, and easily communicated (see Meadows, 1998; Hak et ...

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