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A multi-purpose grammar generating a multi-scale integrated analysis of Laos
Serrano Tovar, Tarik (Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Giampietro, Mario (Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)

Publicació: Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals 2009
Descripció: 37 p.
Resum: In this study we propose an application of the MuSIASEM approach which is used to provide an integrated analysis of Laos across different scales. With the term “integrated analysis across scales” we mean the generation of a series of packages of quantitative indicators, characterizing the performance of the socioeconomic activities performed in Laos when considering: (i) different hierarchical levels of organization (farming systems described at the level of household, rural villages, regions of Laos, the whole country level); and (ii) different dimensions of analysis (economic dimension, social dimension, ecological dimension, technical dimension). What is relevant in this application is that the information carried out by these different packages of indicators is integrated in a system of accounting which establishes interlinkages across these indicators. This is a essential feature to study sustainability trade-offs and to build more robust scenarios of possible changes. The multi-scale integrated representation presented in this study is based on secondary data (gathered in a three year EU project – SEAtrans and integrated by other available statistical sources) and it is integrated in GIS, when dealing with the spatial representation of Laos. However, even if we use data referring to Laos, the goal of this study is not that of providing useful information about a practical policy issue of Laos, but rather, to illustrate the possibility of using a multipurpose grammar to produce an integrated set of sustainability indicators at three different levels: (i) local; (ii) meso; (iii) macro level. The technical issue addressed is the simultaneous adoption of two multi-level matrices – one referring to a characterization of human activity over a set of different categories, and another referring to a characterization of land uses over the same set of categories. In this way, it becomes possible to explain the characteristics of Laos (an integrated set of indicators defining the performance of the whole country) in relation to the characteristics of the rural Laos and urban Laos. The characteristics of rural Laos, can be explained using the characteristics of three regions defined within Laos (Northern Laos, Central Laos and Southern Laos), which in turn can be defined (using an analogous package of indicators), starting from the characteristics of three main typologies of farming systems found in the regions.
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Llengua: Anglès.
Col·lecció: Reports on Environmental Sciences
Col·lecció: Reports on Environmental Sciences ; 2009-3
Document: report
Matèria: Desenvolupament sostenible -- Aspectes ambientals ; Desenvolupament sostenible -- Aspectes socials ; Indicadors ambientals ; Agricultura -- Laos ; Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism

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