Exploring Integrated Assessment Approaches
Edited by Desmond McNeill, Ingrid Nesheim and Floor Brouwer
4. Integrated assessment approach Pytrik Reidsma, Hannes König and Irina Bezlepkina INTRODUCTION As noted in Chapter 1, the objective of the LUPIS project (Land Use Policies and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries) is to improve knowledge of the impact that different land use policy options will have on the sustainable development of developing countries. Seven case studies have been selected, each relating to a specific land use problem, and each problem requires targeted land use policies. In order to assess these consistently, a methodological framework for sustainability impact assessment (SIA) has been developed that allows ex-ante assessments including: (1) multiple land use sectors; (2) multiple dimensions of sustainability; and (3) multiple scales. In this chapter we summarize the framework, step by step. In Part III, following the presentation of the case studies, we include some critical reflections on how this framework works in practice. The framework is meant to be generic and flexible, so that it can be applied across a range of issues and countries. It builds upon two complementary methodologies (SEAMLESS and SENSOR), developed in the European context, but has been enhanced and adapted for use in developing countries. SENSOR (Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions; Helming et al., 2008a) developed ex-ante impact assessment tools at a regional scale for EU policies related to land use, with a focus on cross-sectoral trade-offs and sustainability side effects. SEAMLESS (System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling: Linking European Science...
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