European Practice and Experience
Evaluating Sustainable Development series
Edited by Clive George and Colin Kirkpatrick
The translation of the principle of sustainable development into policy and practice, and the evaluation of the outcomes of these strategic interventions, are some of the most pressing challenges facing policy makers in Europe and beyond. The chapters in this volume contribute to the debate on these issues by exploring the conceptual and methodological issues relating to the evaluation of sustainable development, and by analysing European practice and experience. The chapters were ﬁrst presented at an international conference entitled ‘Impact assessment for a new Europe and beyond’, which was held at the University of Manchester, as part of a series of conferences and training courses (EASY-ECO 2005-07) supported by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Initiative under the 6th Research Framework. The conference was also supported by the United Nations Environment Programme. The University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development (SED) is a co-partner in the project, which is led by the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. The other co-partners are the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada; the Centre for Evaluation, Saarland University, Germany; the Regional Environmental Centre (REC), Hungary; the Regional Environmental Centre, Slovakia; the Sendzimir Foundation, Poland; and the National Centre for Sustainable Development (NCSD), Romania. We are grateful to the European Commission and UNEP for supporting the conference that led to the ﬁnal production of the chapters in this volume. Nevertheless, the views and conclusions expressed by the authors are entirely their own and should not be attributed to the conference sponsors....