Quotation Eisenmenger, Nina, Giljum, Stefan, Lutter, Franz Stephan, Marques, Alexandra, Theurl, Michaela C., Pereira, Henrique M., Tukker, Arnold. 2016. Towards a conceptual framework for social-ecological systems integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services with resource efficiency indicators. Sustainability 2016 (8), 201-216.


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In this article we develop a comprehensive conceptual framework for resource efficiency indicators with a consistent link of resource use to the socio-economic system and activities therein as well as to the natural system and its ecosystem functioning. Three broad groups of indicators are defined: (1) resource use indicators representing pressures on the environment; (2) resource efficiency indicators relating resource use indicators to the socio-economic side; and (3) environmental impact indicators linking resource use impacts on the state of the natural system. Based on this conceptual framework we develop a structure for possible resource efficiency indicators and conduct a RACER evaluation on the Relevance, Acceptance, Credibility, Easiness and Robustness of indicators. With the RACER evaluation, we identify areas where indicators are well established and available as well as areas where indicators still need further development or even need to be designed first.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Sustainability
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title Towards a conceptual framework for social-ecological systems integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services with resource efficiency indicators
Volume 2016
Number 8
Year 2016
Page from 201
Page to 216
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/8/3/201
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su8030201

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Giljum, Stefan (Details)
Lutter, Franz Stephan (Details)
External
Eisenmenger, Nina (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
Marques, Alexandra (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany)
Pereira, Henrique M. (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany)
Theurl, Michaela C. (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
Tukker, Arnold ( Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands)
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Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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