Special Issue "Assessment Methods Applied to Environmental Projects in Low- and Middle-Income Countries"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sabrina Sorlini
CeTAmb—Research centre on Appropriate Technologies for Environmental Management in Developing Countries, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land and Environment, University of Brescia, via Branze 43, 25123 Brescia, Italy
Website: http://dicata.ing.unibs.it/sorlini/
E-Mail: sabrina.sorlini@ing.unibs.it
Phone: +39 030 3711299
Fax: +39 030 3711213
Interests: appropriate technologies; drinking water treatment; industrial waste reuse; wastewater treatment

Guest Editor
Dr. Mentore Vaccari
CeTAmb—Research centre on Appropriate Technologies for Environmental Management in Developing Countries, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land and Environment, University of Brescia, via Branze 43, 25123 Brescia, Italy
Website: http://dicata.ing.unibs.it/vaccari/
E-Mail: mentore.vaccari@ing.unibs.it
Phone: +39 030 3711299
Fax: +39 030 3711213
Interests: appropriate technologies; contaminated sites remediation; energy form waste and biomass; industrial waste disposal; industrial wastewater treatment and reuse; MSW and HCW management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Evaluating the sustainability of the environmental projects is very complex as many components are involved and some of them are difficult to predict (climate change, catastrophic events, etc.). This evaluation is more complex in low- and middle-income countries where decision-makers are mainly confronted with rapid urbanisation and problems of dysfunctional environment management facilities and services (lack of sanitation facilities, appropriate access to drinking water, appropriate solutions for waste management and energy generation, etc.). Moreover, in those contexts several factors (e.g., socio-economical, technical, environmental, institutional factors) can be critical for the application of sustainable solutions for environment management. The assessment methods can play a key role  in  the implementation of a sustainable project in different phases of the project itself: initial assessment, definition of priorities, decision making, planning, implementation and verification/validation.

Many assessment methods are available for the evaluation of environmental/technical (Environmental Impact Analysis, Life Cycle Analysis, Material Flow Analysis, etc.), social (Social Capital Assessment, Perception Motivation Assessment, etc.), institutional (Social/Organizational Network Analysis, Stakeholders Analysis, etc.) and financial/economic (Life Cycle Cost Accounting, Benefit Cost Analysis, etc.) aspects but their application is generally difficult in developing countries and specific integrated approaches (e.g. by Multicriteria Analysis) should be developed.

Many problems characterize the environment in developing countries such as climate change, water availability, energy, deforestation, urbanization, etc.

This special issue wants to focus on the following topics, applied in both urban and rural contexts:

- drinking water supply and treatment;
- wastewater and excreta treatment and reuse;
- solid waste collection, treatment, disposal and recovery;
- energy from waste and biomass.

The aim of this issue is to present research and practical experiences concerning the effectiveness of the assessment methods for choosing and implementing appropriate solutions for environment improvement in developing countries.

The research community is therefore invited to contribute to this special issue by submitting critical reviews, original research articles and case study papers. Authors interested in participating are kindly asked to send a one-page abstract to the Editorial Office of Sustainability (sustainability@mdpi.com) before submitting the manuscript.

Dr. Sabrina Sorlini
Dr. Mentore Vaccari
Guest Editors

Submission

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Keywords

  • evaluation methodologies
  • environmental projects
  • developing countries
  • sustainability
  • appropriate technology
  • decision making support tools
  • drinking water supply and treatment
  • wastewater and excreta treatment and reuse
  • solid waste collection, treatment, disposal and recovery
  • energy from waste and biomass.

Published Papers (8 papers)

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Sustainability 2014, 6(3), 1427-1447; doi:10.3390/su6031427
Received: 2 October 2013; in revised form: 6 March 2014 / Accepted: 12 March 2014 / Published: 19 March 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 652-675; doi:10.3390/su6020652
Received: 2 December 2013; in revised form: 21 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 January 2014 / Published: 4 February 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 545-570; doi:10.3390/su6020545
Received: 10 November 2013; in revised form: 9 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4870-4888; doi:10.3390/su5114870
Received: 24 September 2013; in revised form: 25 October 2013 / Accepted: 4 November 2013 / Published: 12 November 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3702-3721; doi:10.3390/su5093702
Received: 25 June 2013; in revised form: 30 July 2013 / Accepted: 22 August 2013 / Published: 29 August 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3543-3561; doi:10.3390/su5083543
Received: 4 July 2013; in revised form: 8 August 2013 / Accepted: 9 August 2013 / Published: 19 August 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3288-3301; doi:10.3390/su5083288
Received: 17 February 2013; in revised form: 3 July 2013 / Accepted: 23 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 3060-3076; doi:10.3390/su5073060
Received: 10 May 2013; in revised form: 28 June 2013 / Accepted: 4 July 2013 / Published: 15 July 2013
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Last update: 11 April 2013

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