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Problem of the reliability of the evaluation of the sustainability of the countries

Despite more than 20-year experience of the sustainability indicators at the time is not developed a generally accepted standardized evaluation system, that could on the unified basis characterize the stability of countries and contribute to a global sustainability policy.

The existing systems of sustainability assessment include about 140 private indicators. Their calculation is based on extensive source material. They are generally sufficiently representative and objective, but the calculation is possible only for a limited number of countries where the system of collecting and maintaining of statistical data on various aspects of life (economic, social, environmental) exists.

However, when accessing the website of the UN Department of Statistics revealed that a number of countries with information “older” then 2006; sets of indicators of different countries vary considerably. The result is inability of cross-country analysis and trends identification. Creates complexity dimension of an array of hundreds of indicators (difficult to comply with the requirements of operability
and decomposability); hence there are mistakes in their interpretation.

Alternatively, as a basic tool to assess the sustainability of the countries developed Environmental Performance Index (EPI). It is calculated by Yale University (USA), according to world statistics, since 2000. It is based on two main groups of estimates (partial indicators) – environmental health and vitality of ecosystems (Environmental…, 2014). On the basis of the dynamics of the indicator groups for countries identified trends and track the transition of countries in categories of environmental health and vitality of ecosystems.

This evaluation system fully characterizes the dynamics of development. However, the analysis of more than 10-year-old use of EPI revealed the following main problem points and proposed solutions for improvement.

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基于 DPSIR 模型的唐山市海洋资源可持续利用评价 (Assessing sustainable use of marine resources using DPSIR model a case of Tangshan)

This brief is submitted in the Chinese language. The full brief could be accessed through the below link. Your comments could be in either English or Chinese.

摘 要
海洋开发不合理,海洋资源枯竭严重影响着海洋资源的可持续利用,本文以 DPSIR 模型为基础构建了唐山市海洋资源 可持续利用的评价指标体系,运用客观赋权法和主观赋权法综合评定了驱动力、压力、状态、影响和响应的权重,并从驱动力、压 力、状态、影响和响应五个方面研究了唐山市海洋资源可持续利用的发展状况及问题,发现响应层对其影响最大。2007-2011 年唐山 市的海洋资源可持续利用综合值不断下降,只有 2011 年有所回升,且综合值大于 2007-2010 年的值。


Assessing sustainability of local production systems: A proposal based on socio-ecological resilience and collaboration

Sustainability and resilience are considered the base for reaching a balanced functioning of socio-ecological systems, facing internal conditions and external shocks. However, there is no agreement on how to get a good measure of both concepts to allow for managing local production systems in that sense. An interdisciplinary research group from seven universities in the Centre-West of Argentina, have developed an analytic-methodological proposal to
assess sustainability of local production systems, based on the concept of resilience of socio-ecological systems (RA, 2010). The result of its two-year research, a methodology for assessing sustainability of production systems is presented in this brief. The possibility for applying this methodology rests on a collaborative process between science and policy to improve resilience, and therefore sustainability of local production systems.

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