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Environmental sustainability : from environmental valuation to the sustainability gap

Ecosystem services

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

EKINS, P.
Univ. College, London, Royaume-Uni
POTSCHIN, M.
Univ., Nottingham, Royaume-Uni
HAINES-YOUNG, R.H.
Univ., Nottingham, Royaume-Uni


Description :
This paper reflects on the extensive literature on environmental sustainability that has been produced over the last 2 decades, and proposes a new approach for environmental policy that goes beyond the cost-benefit analysis. This approach combines the Safe Minimum Standard approach, which was proposed many years ago, with the concepts of environmental functions and ecosystem goods and services, which have been developed much more recently. It is shown that this approach provides the basis for a robust calculation of sustainability across different environmental themes, following which a ‘sustainability gap’, showing the extent to which this standard is not being met, may be computed. This gap may be expressed in both physical and monetary terms to formulate an clear indicator, and to enact the policies to allow the sustainability standards to be met.


Type de document :
Article de monographie

Source :
Progress in physical geography, issn : 0309-1333, 2011, vol. 35, n°. 5, p. 629-651, nombre de pages : 23, Références bibliographiques : 2 p.

Date :
2011

Editeur :
Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Sage Publications

Langue :
Anglais
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