The development and application of water management sustainability indicators in Brazil and Scotland

Antonio A. R. Ioris, Colin Hunter, Susan Walker

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This paper reports the formulation and application of a framework of catchment-level water resource management indicators designed to integrate environmental economic and social aspects of sustainability. The framework of nine indicators was applied to the River Dee and River Sinos catchments in Scotland and Brazil. respectively following an indicator selection process that involved inputs from water management professionals in both countries, and a pilot exercise in Scotland. The framework was found to capture a number of key sustainability concerns. and was broadly welcomed by water resource managers and experts as a means of better understanding sustainable water resource management. Issues relating to poor water quality and public water supply were particularly prominent in the findings for the Sinos, while findings for the Dee suggested that more attention might be focused on building institutional capacity and public participation in catchment management. The use of some proxy indicators was required in both cathchments due to poor data availability, and this problem may hinder the further development of indicator frameworks that attempt to better integrate environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1190-1201
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number4
Early online date2 Aug 2007
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to acknowledge the support and assistance received from all the organizations and individuals involved in the research. The authors are grateful for the data made available by SEPA, Scottish Water, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council (in Scotland) and by FEPAM, Pro-Guaíba and Sinos Committee (in Brazil). We also thank an anonymous referee for the constructive comments on an earlier version of this paper.


  • sustainability
  • indicators
  • water management
  • catchment management
  • River Dee
  • River Sinos


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