(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Environmental sustainability : from environmental valuation to the sustainability gap

published at : Ecosystem services

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

EKINS P. (1) ;
(1) Univ. College, London, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper reflects on the extensive literature on environmental sustainability that has been produced over the last 2 decades, and proposes a new approach for environmental policy that goes beyond the cost-benefit analysis. This approach combines the Safe Minimum Standard approach, which was proposed many years ago, with the concepts of environmental functions and ecosystem goods and services, which have been developed much more recently. It is shown that this approach provides the basis for a robust calculation of sustainability across different environmental themes, following which a ‘sustainability gap’, showing the extent to which this standard is not being met, may be computed. This gap may be expressed in both physical and monetary terms to formulate an clear indicator, and to enact the policies to allow the sustainability standards to be met


Thematical fascicle

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 35, no 5 [pp. 629-651]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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