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IN-STREAM

Coordinator: PORSCH Lucas
Organisation:
ECOLOGIC - INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE UND EUROPAEISCHE UMWELTPOLITIK GMBH

Project description

Though  mainstream  economic  measures  such  as  GDP  are  useful  and  have  great  influence  on  both public  and  private  decisions,  they  are  flawed  as  a  measure  of  human  welfare.  In  addition,  they  give little  information  as  to  whether  economic  activity  is  helping  Europe  make  progress  toward  its environmental  goals  and  its  commitment  to  sustainable  development.  There  is,  then,  a  crucial  need in  Europe  for  indicators  and  measurement  systems  that  provide  a  useful  assessment  of  progress toward  the  simultaneous  aims  of  economic  success,  human  well-being,  environmental  protection and long-term sustainability.

 

The  goal  of  IN-STREAM  is  to  bridge  the  gap  between  various  types  of  indicators  and  to  disseminate the  results  to  policy-makers,  economists,  journalists  and  the  public  at  large.  Key  project  objectives include:

  • performing the required quantitative and qualitative assessments in order to link mainstream economic indicators with key well-being and sustainability indicators;
  • providing insight into the synergies and trade-offs implicit in Europe's pursuit of economic growth and environmental sustainability;
  • recommending new indicator approaches (and sets of indicators) based on their robustness, feasibility and suitability to EU policy objectives; and
  • in consultation with stakeholders, developing strategies for implementing these approaches.

More details concerning the results of this project can be found at the following link.

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