WIT Press


Rational Environmental Goals And Sustainable Planning

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC060451

Volume

93

Pages

10

Published

2006

Size

296 kb

Author(s)

K. Edvardsson

Abstract

In Sweden planning towards ecological sustainability starts out from a system of environmental objectives adopted by Parliament in the late 1990s. The objectives express what environmental quality society should aim for within a generation, and are designed to guide decision-making in all sectors of society. In order to form a solid basis for planning towards ecological sustainability, the objectives must meet two types of conditions. First, they must have the capacity to guide and motivate those who are responsible for their implementation. To do so each objective must satisfy a set of rationality (functionality) criteria for individual goals: precision, evaluability, approachability, and motivity. Second, taken together the objectives must constitute a rational (functional) operationalization of the ecological dimension of sustainable development. For this to be the case the goal system must be coherent. An application of the suggested conditions to three Swedish environmental quality objectives illustrates some of the difficulties that are associated with the Swedish system of environmental objectives and ultimately with the whole idea of using goals in environmental management. Keywords: goal setting, environmental objectives, precision, evaluability, approachability, coherence. 1 Introduction In Sweden planning towards ecological sustainability starts out from a system of environmental objectives adopted by Parliament in the late 1990s [1]. The objectives express what environmental quality society should aim for within a generation, and are designed to guide decision-making in all sectors of society.

Keywords

goal setting, environmental objectives, precision, evaluability, approachability, coherence.