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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1018; doi:10.3390/su9061018

The Role of Indicator-Based Sustainability Assessment in Policy and the Decision-Making Process: A Review and Outlook

School of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 8 May 2017 / Revised: 5 June 2017 / Accepted: 9 June 2017 / Published: 16 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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In order to regulate natural processes and control the scale of human activities, sustainability assessment needs to be integrated into urban planning. In this context, indicator-based sustainability assessment tools are fundamental instruments that provide information to support policy and decision-making. Indicators are necessary to monitor the implementation of the policies and provide feedback needed to accomplish the desirable state of sustainable urban development. This paper aims to explore the role of indicator-based sustainability assessment in policy and the decision-making process. Therefore, it reviews the identified sustainable development indicator initiatives and addresses the research gaps in the literature for future improvement of sustainability assessment frameworks. It concludes with a discussion that the major problem in sustainability assessment lies in the gathering of reliable and accessible data. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable city; sustainability assessment; indicators; policy-making; decision-making sustainable city; sustainability assessment; indicators; policy-making; decision-making
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Dizdaroglu, D. The Role of Indicator-Based Sustainability Assessment in Policy and the Decision-Making Process: A Review and Outlook. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1018.

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