Experiences with sustainability indicators and stakeholder participation: a case study relating to a 'Blue Plan' project in Malta

Bell, Simon and Morse, Stephen (2004). Experiences with sustainability indicators and stakeholder participation: a case study relating to a 'Blue Plan' project in Malta. Sustainable Development, 12(1) pp. 1–14.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.225

Abstract

The practical application of systemic sustainability analysis (SSA; Bell and Morse, 1999) as applied in a project instigated and managed by Blue Plan, one of the regional activity centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan, is set out and explained in this paper. The context in which SSA was applied and adapted to SPSA (systemic and prospective sustainability analysis) is described in the Mediterranean, primarily in Malta.
The SSA process is summarized, its extension and linkage to the prospective approach is described and the comments of stakeholders in the context are added. Some preliminary outcomes are suggested. The particular focus of the paper is on the lessons learned from doing SSA/SPSA within a classic blueprint project framework. It is not assumed that SSA/SPSA is finished or definitive. Rather, we suggest that it is a developing and changing approach that practitioners can adapt and change to meet the specific needs of the circumstances that confront them.

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