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Applying environmental performance indices towards an objective measure of sustainability in the Levant

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An 'Environmental Diamond' for the Levant is proposed, similar to the World Bank's 'Development Diamond'. It would serve as a framework for evaluating ecosystem risk for the countries in the Jordan Basin that are currently facing a sustainability crisis. The approach followed by this paper was based on previous work carried out in East Asia. The result is an integrative index that reveals a general picture without concealing specific aspects of environmental quality.

Keywords: environmental diamond, Middle East, negotiations, policy, sustainability, Levant, environmental performance, performance indices, sustainable development, ecosystems risk, performance measurement

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