Constraints to implementation of sustainability indicator systems in five Asian cities
Journal article, 2010

Contemporary studies on sustainability indicator systems (SISs) typically focus on the technical advancement of indicator construction, on qualitative impacts of indicator programmes and on impacts on governance, decision-making and sustainability as a social construct. Yet, their implementation so far has rarely been addressed, even though monitoring and the use of indicator results fall far behind the number of SISs developed. This study aims at the identification of requirements for the development of and constraints to the implementation of SISs in five Asian cities of developing countries. Interviews with local key actors are held, and a qualitative content analysis is carried out. Findings include evidence on the degree of indicator implementation in the case study cities, a hexagonal model for the classification of requirements and constraints, as well as general conclusions for barriers to the use of SISs.




sustainability indicator systems

developing countries


Sabrina Krank

Holger Wallbaum

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

Local Environment

1354-9839 (ISSN) 1469-6711 (eISSN)

Vol. 15 8 731-742

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Social and Economic Geography

Environmental Engineering



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