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A Methodological Approach for Cumulative Effects Assessment: Assessing Road Transport Sector Sustainability

Authors(3) :-Shirina Afroze, Andrew Allan, Sekhar Somenahalli

The study focuses on a technique for sustainability assessment through cumulative effects assessment (CEA) of road transport sector, the performance of which relies on the performances of the factors (stressors) affecting the system. Planning for a system’s sustainability thus depends on the interconnectedness of system stressors and their degree of connectivity. Therefore CEA can be a potential analytical approach for sustainability assessment because it provides an integrated framework with environmental, social or economic considerations drawn from multiple stressors’ connectivity of any complex system. The study aims in conceptualizing the process to assess the degree of connectedness among the stressors affecting transport system through digraph and matrix analysis and conducting economic evaluation of the impacts on the system stakeholders. The innovative idea of the research is to account the synergistic effect of road transport sector (rather than accounting effects separately for different actions), which normally happens in a system when all the stressors prevail together. This approach can provide baseline scenarios to the motorized cities of developing countries (like Dhaka city of Bangladesh) through ‘what-if’ analysis, while opting for least cost (affect) generating system in conjunction with sustainability planning.
Shirina Afroze, Andrew Allan, Sekhar Somenahalli
Cumulative Effect Assessment; Sustainability; Transport Sector; Dhaka City.
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Publication Details
  Published in : Volume 1 | Issue 4 | September-October 2015
  Date of Publication : 2015-10-25
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 62-69
Manuscript Number : IJSRST15147
Publisher : Technoscience Academy
PRINT ISSN : 2395-6011
ONLINE ISSN : 2395-602X
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Shirina Afroze, Andrew Allan, Sekhar Somenahalli, "A Methodological Approach for Cumulative Effects Assessment: Assessing Road Transport Sector Sustainability", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.62-69, September-October-2015
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