The use of material flow analysis and the ecological footprint in regional policy-making: application and insights from Northern Ireland.

Robin Curry, Cathy Maguire, Craig Simmons, Kevin Lewis

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to contribute to the ongoing debate on the use of resource accounting tools in regional policy making. The Northern Limits project applied Material Flow Analysis and Ecological Footprinting to regional policy making in Northern Ireland over a number of years. The early phase of the research informed the regions first sustainable development strategy which was published in 2006 with key targets relating to the Ecological Footprint and improving the resource efficiency of the economy. Phase II identified the next steps required to address data availability and quality and the use of MFA and EF in providing a measurement and monitoring framework for the strategy and in the development of the strategy implementation plan. The use of MFA and Ecological Footprinting in sustainable regional policy making and the monitoring of its implementation is an ongoing process which has raised a number of research issues which can inform the ongoing application and development of these and other resource accounting tools to within Northern Ireland, provide insights for their use in other regions and help set out the priorities for research to support this important policy area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-179
    Number of pages15
    JournalLocal Environment
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

    Keywords

    • ecological footprint; sustainability; material flow analysis; resource management; regional policy, REAP, Island Limits, Wrap Env Metrics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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