Measuring and assessing indicators of sustainable development for Scotland: a pilot survey

Moffatt, I., Hanley, N. and Gill, J.P. (1994) Measuring and assessing indicators of sustainable development for Scotland: a pilot survey. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 1(3), pp. 170-177. (doi:10.1080/13504509409469871)

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Abstract

In this paper, we review three broad classes of indicators of sustainable development. These are economic, ecological and sociopolitical indicators. We then report the results of a pilot study which measured five different indicators for Scotland: an approximate environmentally-adjusted Net National Product; the Pearce-Atkinson Measure; Net Primary Production; Appropriated Carrying Capacity; and the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare. We find that not all indicators point in the same direction, but a majority suggest that Scotland is at best only marginally sustainable. Data limitations, however, suggest a degree of caution in the interpretation of these results.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Moffatt, I., Hanley, N., and Gill, J.P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1350-4509
ISSN (Online):1745-2627

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