Evaluation of Urban Sustainability in Specific Sectors in Latvia

Author(s): Abolina, Kristine; Zilans, Andis

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Abstract \xa0 In Latvia, the concept of sustainability is only slowly gaining recognition. An analysis of Development Plans prepared by the four largest cities of Latvia indicates that sustainability is presented as one of the guiding principles. However, a comparison of Development Plan policies against the urban sustainability issues reveals a great deal of ambiguity and contradiction. At the municipal level, planners and politicians lack indicators to gauge whether the long-term goals of Development Plans and the principles of sustainable development are being achieved. As a consequence, the broad public is deprived of the opportunity to assess for itself the process of development in relation to Development Plan policies, thus limiting accountability in development decision-making. Relevant statistical data collected on a regular basis are required to create sustainability indicators reflecting sustainability issues, to supplement and replace existing statistical compilations pertaining almost exclusively to economic growth and consumption. Development and utilisation of sustainability indicators can be an effective instrument for promoting the values of sustainable development amongst politicians, planners and the broad public and for enhancing accountability in decision-making. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
Publication Title Environment, Development and Sustainability
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publication Date 09/2002
URIs http://search.proquest.com/docview/219555793
Keywords Accountability
Ambiguity
Article
Decision-making
Ecology
Economic Geology
Economic Growth
Economic development
Environment
Environmental Economics
Environmental Management
Green space
LATVIA
OPEN SPACE
Policies
Recognition
SUSTAINABILITY
Studies
Sustainability
Sustainability indicators
Sustainable development
TRANSPORTATION POLICYPLANNING
Transportation policy
URBAN PLANNING
Urban development
Urban planning and development
accountability
decision-making
green space
sustainability indicators
sustainable development
transportation policy
urban planning and development
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