Theory, Practise and Quality Assurance
Evaluating Sustainable Development series
Edited by Anneke von Raggamby and Frieder Rubik
Chapter 13: Bellagio SusTainability Assessment and Measurement Principles (BellagioSTAMP) – Significance and Examples from International Environmental Outlooks
13. Bellagio SusTainability Assessment and Measurement Principles (BellagioSTAMP) – Significance and Examples from International Environment Outlooks ___________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION What Does ‘Good Practice’ Mean for Assessments of Sustainable Development Policies? Good practice in assessing progress, or future strategies, towards sustainable development of course depends upon the circumstances. The purpose, audience, budget, time and availability of other resources, subject matter and many other aspects are all determining factors. There is no single standard for what is good. However, over the past twenty years, a large body of work has built up which assesses progress towards sustainable development. Over this period, dozens of elaborate global assessments have been produced and many more on a smaller geographical scale. For an overview from a European perspective, see for example the catalogue of forward-looking environment studies in the EEA ‘Glimpses’ project (EEA 2007). The purposes of these assessments span the entire full policy life cycle, from assessing progress towards sustainable development goals to ex post and ex ante assessments of the policies’ appropriateness. Using these as a basis, the Bellagio SusTainability Assessment and Measurement Principles (BellagioSTAMP) were established. They do not define good practice but are intended to provide critical guidance for the development of new assessments and affect choices in their design. 241 Jan Bakkes 242 Sustainable Development, Evaluation and Policy-Making This chapter begins by presenting the purpose and basis of these principles, followed by a discussion of the considerations that led to the development of each principle and the reasons why it should be used for...
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