METHODOLOGY FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL

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Description

In its beginnings, sustainable development arose from the dilemma between economic growth and environmental deterioration. This became manifest from the Summit of Stockholm, Sweden, 1972 and was institutionalized in the political scenarios from the declaration resulting from the Bruntland report in 1987. Over time, its field of study has expanded to the point of being considered a a multidimensional problem since it requires the study of variables that make up the different dimensions of development: economic, social, institutional and environmental. Currently, the 2030 Agenda proposes the fulfillment of 17 sustainable development goals (SDG). To this end, the participating governments established a series of goals and defined 232 indicators. These serve as a guide for governments to measure, monitor and make public policy decisions. However, aspects such as the lack of available and updated indicators, especially those of an environmental nature; the uncertainty in the sources of information; the difficulty of managing that large number of indicators; the lack of mechanisms for the participation of the agents that make up the studied territories; and the lack of methodologies that account for the evaluation of sustainable development at a subnational scale (regions, subregions, municipalities, neighborhood groups), among many others, has made it difficult to design reliable metrics that contribute to evaluating sustainable development. This situation requires the design and application of methodologies that reduce the aforementioned deficits and in this way better evaluations of sustainable development can be made at the subnational level, in such a way that the territorial units analyzed can be compared with each other and highlight the main points of improvement for the fulfillment of sustainability goals. Therefore, this research project will develop a methodology for the measurement of sustainable development at the subnational level, in such a way as to support the control and advancement of sustainability in subregions where such measurements are not traditionally carried out or are not counted. with explicit sources of information that identify dimensions to be strengthened to obtain sustainable subregions. In this sense, the research project will generate a methodology with which existing sources of information in subregions will be identified that will allow them to relate to indicators and measurements aimed at sustainable development objectives. As a consequence, the results of the research project will allow the creation of indices that quantify compliance with sustainable development in each subregion, facilitating comparison between subregions, and providing guidance to prioritize the economic, social and environmental dimensions in order to improve the development of each subregion analyzed.

Objective

Develop a methodology to measure sustainable development at the subnational level, in such a way that the territorial units analyzed can be compared with each other and highlight the main points of improvement for the fulfillment of sustainability goals.

Expected results

Methodology for measuring sustainable development at the sub-national level, which allows feeding on available information related to SDGs in regions and subregions to make a calculation of compliance with sustainable development and a comparison of said compliance between regions and subregions. Expected Products:-2 ISI WOS OR SCOPUS papers, accepted.(Jan 2021)-1 Software registration.(Jan 2021)-1 Methodology-1 Lecture.(Jan 2021)-2 undergraduate and 1 postgraduate students.(Jan 2021)
Short titleMEDICIÓN DEL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE
AcronymMEDICIÓN DEL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date15/01/2029/01/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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