Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development
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Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development

European Practice and Experience

Edited by Clive George and Colin Kirkpatrick

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 policymakers in Europe and beyond. The chapters in this book contribute to the debate surrounding these challenges. By exploring the conceptual and methodological issues relating to the evaluation of sustainable development and analysing European practice and experience, this work provides a coherent and integrated contribution to our understanding of these issues.
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Chapter 12: Implementing a Monitoring System for the French National Strategy for Sustainable Development

Benoit Simon and Jean-Pierre Sivignon


Benoit Simon and Jean-Pierre Sivignon I. INTRODUCTION This chapter presents work carried out for the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, which aimed to develop a monitoring system for the French national strategy for sustainable development. This focused on the evaluation of sustainability along three axes. First, a reflection on the framework of the national strategy for SD: we asked questions such as how can a hierarchy between strategic objectives be made? How can the multiplication of actions be avoided? Where should the frontiers be between SD policies and other government policies? Second, we discuss the methodology used to elaborate indicators. The partial use of logical diagrams, screening indicators (individually and at the system level) through a quality assessment grid and an Intranet for fulfilling indicators are all considered. Finally, we reflect on the difficulties encountered during the process. II. THE FRENCH NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The development of a national strategy for sustainable development is the response to the commitment made by the French government in the framework of the UN and confirmed during the Johannesburg Summit. This national strategy has to be coherent with the European strategy for SD, adopted in 2001. France first initiated a strategy for SD in 1997. This first strategy was based on the following orientations: taking into account SD in all public policies; carrying out studies to apply SD principles in transport, waste and agriculture sectors; establishing a charter for consultation so as to favour transparency...

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