Sustainable Development Indicators: A Review of Paradigms

Sustainable Development Indicators: A Review of Paradigms

Mihai Mieila (Valahia University of Târgoviste, Romania) and Valerica Toplicianu (Valahia University of Târgoviste, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4098-6.ch017
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Since the economic development ceased to represent by itself the main issue in achieving human well-being—at least for western societies—scientists have discovered that the sustainability may represent an even more significant threat for human civilisation in a fundamental sense, almost irrespective of material wealth. Sustainability assumes that the economic development is deployed in compliance with the other facets of human demand for well-being: preservation of biodiversity and climate, the human rights, the integrate approach of distributional justice, etc. Evaluation of development sustainability represents a real scientific challenge, proved by the wide variety of indicators in existing national and international sets. The Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) are the practical tool that address the balance between the development and sustainability, ensures evaluation and translation of knowledge into meaningful and manageable units of information to support analyses and research, and to inform planning and decision-making. There are pointed out the fundamentals of SDIs design and theoretic specific frameworks. As the majority of indicators are applicable straightforward, the main focus in presentation is upon the calculation algorithm of aggregate SDIs. In this respect, the chapter comprises the estimation algorithm of capital components of wealth; also, there are introduced the human life quality and environmental indicators, that can represent a suitable complement of wealth measurement, for a comprehensive development in agreement with the surrounding nature, society, and respect for future generations.
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From Definition To Measurement

Defining sustainable development is just the first step. As there are difficulties in precisely defining of the concept, it is difficult to agree on a single limited set of measurement indicators.

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Table of Contents
Andrei Jean-Vasile, Adrian Turek, Jonel Subic, Dorel Dusmanescu
Chapter 1
Dozet Gordana, Cvijanovic Gorica, Djukic Vojin
Nitrogen is the key element of yield and the most limiting factor in achieving high yields. Nitrogen fertilization is specific because mineral... Sample PDF
Changes in the Technology of Soybean Production
Chapter 2
Radojica Saric, Marijana Jovanovic, Biljana Grujic
The subject of research in this chapter is analysis of the concept of sustainable agriculture of local communities from the point of view of... Sample PDF
Strategic Planning of Sustainable Development of Local Communities: The Case Study
Chapter 3
Jonel Subic, Marko Jelocnik
In their struggle for survival on the international market and to increase their own competitiveness, agricultural producers in the Republic of... Sample PDF
Economic and Environmental Aspects of Controlled Vegetable Production within the Region of Danube Basin
Chapter 4
Vesna Parausic, Velibor Potrebic, Zoran Simonovic
A significant wealth, which a country can have in factor conditions (abundance of natural resources, available labor with tradition in agricultural... Sample PDF
Factor Advantages of the Republic of Serbia in Agricultural Production and a Need for Accomplishment of Sustainable Competitive Advantage in the Market
Chapter 5
Drago Cvijanovic, Branko Mihailovic
The subject of this chapter is consulting in Serbia, which is analyzed through a prism of factors in its development and its influence on... Sample PDF
Consulting as a Factor of Enterprises' Development in Serbian Agribusiness
Chapter 6
Božo Draškovic, Jovan Zubovic, Ivana Domazet
Special nature reserves are particularly regulated land areas designated for protection and utilization of natural resources at their disposal. In... Sample PDF
Management and Utilisation of Natural Resources in Special Nature Reserves: A Case Study
Chapter 7
Nataša Kljajic, Predrag Vukovic, Slavica Arsic
The current situation in irrigation in Serbia, observed through total number of irrigation systems, in other words through areas where those systems... Sample PDF
Current Situation in Irrigation in the Republic of Serbia
Chapter 8
Vesna Popovic, Nada Mijajlovic
Although climate change is a global process, its local impacts are diverse. Existing agro-ecological conditions, structure of production, various... Sample PDF
Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Forestry
Chapter 9
Vladimir Filipovic, Svetlana Roljevic, Bojana Bekic
Faculty research is focused on the present state of organic agricultural production in the Republic of Serbia, with emphasis on existing legislation... Sample PDF
Organic Production in Serbia: The Transition to Green Economy
Chapter 10
Njegovan Zoran, Olgica Boškovic
Looking in wider perspective, the problems of inequality have emerged relatively early even from the period of establishment of economy as a... Sample PDF
Conceptualization of the Base for Sustainable Rural Development Policy Implementation
Chapter 11
Mirela Matei, Ioan Done
This chapter focuses on the topic of social responsibility and the interference with other concepts like business ethics, cause related marketing... Sample PDF
The Social Responsibility: Conceptual Interferences and Motivational Factors Specific to Corporations
Chapter 12
Adrian Turek
Agriculture has the objective of producing food by growing plants and raising animals, but being a productive activity, depending on the... Sample PDF
Sustainable Agriculture: Between Sustainable Development and Economic Competitiveness
Chapter 13
Maria Magdalena Turek Rahoveanu
At the European and global levels, the social economy has a strong impact in society with significant results that can be summarized both by the... Sample PDF
Social Economy: Romanian Rural Area Development Support – Practices and Theories in the New Economy
Chapter 14
Donatella Privitera
In the last 20 years cities have undergone considerable changes. The current phase of expansion, which took place in the absence of demographic... Sample PDF
Sustainable Transport and Quality of Life Analysis of Cycling Impact in Italy
Chapter 15
Alexandra Maragkogianni, Spiros Papaefthimiou, Constantin Zopounidis
The transportation sector is a constantly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and its inclusion in the European Union Emissions Trading... Sample PDF
Emissions Trading Schemes in the Transportation Sector
Chapter 16
Andrei Jean-Vasile
Multifunctional agriculture represents a proactive approach of the role and effects of agriculture both on rural communities and traditions. The... Sample PDF
Multifunctional Agriculture and the Green Economy
Chapter 17
Mihai Mieila, Valerica Toplicianu
Since the economic development ceased to represent by itself the main issue in achieving human well-being—at least for western societies—scientists... Sample PDF
Sustainable Development Indicators: A Review of Paradigms
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