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Adaptative methodology of sustainability indicators management by ontology


The growth of many sectors in modern society has increased the degradation of the environment. Consequently, it generates great ecological unbalance, enhancing the importance of sustainable development, since it stimulates productivity, job and income creation, while reduces the rates of deforestation, erosion and water and soil pollution. In this context, sustainability indicators can be useful to monitor the environmental and social changes. We analyse different proposals adopted in Brazil and present an adaptive methodology, based on Bossel's criteria (1996a, 1996b). It enables the choice of the most relevant indicators according to the sustainability study and the geographic region focused.

Keywords: sustainable development, sustainability indicators, ontology, adaptive methodology, environmental degradation, ecological unbalance, Bossel criteria, high-level methodology, sustainability levels, Brazil

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