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Title: FLA anticipate sustainable development challenges for better policy support
Authors : Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Cagnin, Cristiano
Haegman, Karel
Könnölä, Totti
Published in : „The role of forward-looking activities for the governance of Grand Challenges” : insights from the European Foresight Platform
Pages : 63
Pages to: 72
Editors of the parent work: Giessecke, Susanne
van der Gießen, Annelieke
Elkins, Stephan
Publisher / Ed. Institution : European Foresight Platform (EFP)
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Austria
Issue Date: Sep-2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Sustainable development; Anticipate; FLA
Subject (DDC) : 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
Abstract: This chapter explores current and forthcoming sustainable development challenges. By comparing the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (European Council, 2006), its related monitoring reports and the "Facing the future: time for the EU to meet global challenges" report (Boden et al., 2010), we can conclude that many future-oriented issues that have been identified thus far cover topics that are well reflected in sustainability indicator systems. Such comparisons can help policy making in terms of developing a better understanding of unsustainable trends and the respective needs for correction or prevention. Our findings also suggest that data collection could be enhanced to better monitor emerging issues that are currently not well covered by indicator systems. Today’s sustainability indicator systems offer information on past and present states but provide limited support for understanding future developments. Combining sustainability monitoring with forward looking activities (FLA) could therefore enhance policy support in developing more adaptive and anticipatory approaches to better orient societal change towards sustainable development.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Book Part
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4251
ISBN: 978-3-200-02811-1
Published as part of the ZHAW project : IFA International Foresight Academy
Appears in Collections:Publikationen School of Engineering

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