International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable

Assessing Sustainable Development: Principles in Practice

Peter Hardi, Terrence Zdan
These principles deal with four aspects of assessing progress toward sustainable development. Principle 1 deals with the starting point of any assessment - establishing a vision of sustainable development and clear goals that provide a practical definition of that vision in terms that are meaningful for the decision-making unit in question. Principles 2 through 5 deal with the content of any assessment and the need to merge a sense of the overall system with a practical focus on current priority issues. Principles 6 through 8 deal with key issues of the process of assessment, while Principles 9 and 10 with the necessity for establishing a continuing capacity for assessment.

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  • Publication type: Book
  • Publication date: October 5, 2001
  • Page count: 166
  • Publisher: IISD
  • © Copyright 2001 IISD
  • ISBN: 1-895536-07-3
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