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Sustainability Appraisal: A Sourcebook and Reference Guide to International Experience

By: Barry Dalal-Clayton and Barry Sadler

368 pages, figures, tables


Hardback | Feb 2014 | #158084 | ISBN-13: 9781844073573
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This work presents a state-of-the-art analysis of the status and scope of Sustainability Appraisal/Assessment (SA), drawing on a wealth of international experiences and approaches. This fully comprehensive guide highlights how SA can be used to integrate the key environmental, social and economic (ESE) pillars of sustainability into decision-making at all levels, from policy to project to investment, by government, business and industry, or international organizations. Distilling both published and unpublished materials, as well as in-depth workshop discussions and contributions from a range of leading experts, organizations and agencies, this book provides an indispensable window into the field. It will be of significant value to professionals everywhere who are in need of a solid, practical guide to what constitutes SA and, more importantly, how and when it can be applied.


Part I: Introduction and Approaches to Sustainability Appraisal; * Introduction; * Sustainability Appraisal Frameworks and Approaches; * Part II: Dimensions of Sustainability; * Environmental Assessment for Sustainability Assurance; * Economics-based Approaches; * Social Assessment Approaches; * Integrated Assessment; * Part III: Strategies and Processes for Sustainability; * Part IV: Land Use and Natural Resource-based Instruments; * Business and Industry Approaches for Sustainability Assessment; * Trade Applications; * Urban, Municipal and Community Applications; * Global Sector-wide Approaches; * Part V: International Institutional Arrangements; * Developed Countries; * Development Cooperation; * Transitional Countries; * Developing Countries; * Part VI: Retrospect and Prospect; * Conclusions and Recommendations; * Bibliography, Annexes, Index.

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Barry Dalal-Clayton is Director for Strategies, Planning and Assessment at IIED, author of Sustainable Development Strategies (2002) and co-author, with Sadler, of Strategic Environmental Assessment (2005). Barry Sadler is an Environmental Impact Assessment Advisor to UNEP and contributor to Assessing Impact (2004).

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