MEASURING COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY:

THE SUSTAIN POLICY TOOL

Germany Greece & Cyprus France Italy Netherlands Portugal Slovenia

 

THE SUSTAIN INDICATOR SET   THE DECYDE-FOR-SUSTAINABILITY TOOL
     
The SUSTAIN project has developed an indicator-based methodology and scoring system which enables a self- assessment approach for local and regional authorities, to evaluate their sustainability performance for the purpose of improving the management of coastal zones.   DeCyDe-for-Sustainability is a user-friendly, spreadsheet-based, decision-support tool which gives a numerical value to individual indicators. It is an approach which is in line with the trend of public policies to move from a purely conceptual and theoretical view to a more pragmatic approach, based upon observed data.
     
THE SUSTAIN INDICATOR SET
A set of easily measurable sustainability indicators
  DECYDE-FOR-SUSTAINABILITY POLICY TOOL
A spreadsheet-based, decision-support tool
     
     
THE SUSTAIN PUBLICATIONS    
   

DeCyDE for SUSTANABILITY Brochure  
   
MEASURING COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY
A guide for the self-assessment of sustainability using indicators and a means of scoring them
 
   
TRANSFERRING COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY
A good practice and policy report
 
   
IMPROVING COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY
A guide presenting lessons learned from the SUSTAIN partnership
 
   
SCORING COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY
A report on the sustainability criteria scoring and their assessment
 


WORKSHOPS AND INTER-REGIONAL EXCHANGE VISITS

 
 

There were workshops to explore and discuss sustainability topics and criteria and methodologies for measurement of the indicators.

Workshop 1: Assessing the criteria needed for sustainability (Cyprus)
Workshop 2: Defining the environmental and biodiversity sustainability criteria (Germany)
Workshop 3: Defining the socio-economic sustainability criteria. (Italy)
Workshop 4: Development of an implementation Guide to Authorities (UK)
Workshop 5: Development of a sustainability improvement Guide (Portugal)
Workshop 6: Assessing the sustainability criteria (Ireland)

 

There were also 6 inter-regional exchange visits which complemented the workshops by enabling partners to exchange their own experiences on sustainability issues allowing transfers of best practice where applicable.

Inter-regional exchange visit 1: Can sustainability bridge bordered communities (Cyprus)
Inter-regional exchange visit 2: The role of local authorities in sustainability (France)
Inter-regional exchange visit 3: Opportunities for new member states (Netherlands)
Inter-regional exchange visit 4: The needs of small islands (Greece)
Inter-regional exchange visit 5: Showing that mass-tourism can be sustainable (Spain)
Inter-regional exchange visit 6: Culture and sustainability (Slovenia)