Towards sustainability assessment follow-up

Angus Morrison-Saunders, Jenny Pope, Alan Bond, Francois Retief

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This paper conceptualises what sustainability assessment follow-up might entail for three models of sustainability assessment: EIA-driven integrated assessment, objectives-led integrated assessment and the contribution to sustainability model. The first two are characterised by proponent monitoring and evaluation of individual impacts and indicators while the latter takes a holistic view based around focused sustainability criteria relevant to the context. The implications of three sustainability challenges on follow-up are also examined: contested time horizons and value changes, trade-offs, and interdisciplinarity. We conclude that in order to meet these challenges some form of adaptive follow-up is necessary and that the contribution to sustainability approach is the best approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • Adaptive follow-up
  • EIA follow-up
  • Integrated assessment
  • Trade-offs
  • Sustainability assessment
  • strategic environmental assessment

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