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Towards a conceptual framework for social-ecological systems integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services with resource efficiency indicators

Eisenmenger, Nina and Giljum, Stefan and Lutter, Franz Stephan and Marques, Alexandra and Theurl, Michaela C. and Pereira, Henrique M. and Tukker, Arnold (2016) Towards a conceptual framework for social-ecological systems integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services with resource efficiency indicators. Sustainability, 2016 (8). pp. 201-216. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

In this article we develop a comprehensive conceptual framework for resource efficiency indicators with a consistent link of resource use to the socio-economic system and activities therein as well as to the natural system and its ecosystem functioning. Three broad groups of indicators are defined: (1) resource use indicators representing pressures on the environment; (2) resource efficiency indicators relating resource use indicators to the socio-economic side; and (3) environmental impact indicators linking resource use impacts on the state of the natural system. Based on this conceptual framework we develop a structure for possible resource efficiency indicators and conduct a RACER evaluation on the Relevance, Acceptance, Credibility, Easiness and Robustness of indicators. With the RACER evaluation, we identify areas where indicators are well established and available as well as areas where indicators still need further development or even need to be designed first.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research was funded by the EU-FP7 project DESIRE (FP7-ENV-2012-308552).
Keywords: resource efficiency; biodiversity; ecosystem services; indicators
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 10:32
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/75809/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5321

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