Sustainability and environmental enhancement in changing circumstances

Multi-indicator assessment of water environment in governmentenvironmental auditing

HE Gui-zhen , LU Yong-long , MA Hua , WANG Xiao-long


Received August 20, 2006,Revised November 24, 2006, Accepted , Available online

Volume 19,2007,Pages 494-501

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This study focused on a multi-indicator assessment methodology for governmental environmental auditing of water protection programs. The environmental status of Wuli Lake in China was assessed using the global indicators (driver-status-response) developed by the Commission on Sustainable Development, and four additional indicators proposed by the author: water quality, pollution load, aquatic ecosystem status, and lake sediment deposition. Various hydrological, chemical, biological and environmental parameters were used to estimate the values of the indicators for assessment of environmental status of the lake based on time series data sets for twenty years. The indicators proposed can be customized to meeting the needs for particular assessment of water protection programs. This method can be used to evaluate the performance of national environmental protection programs and provide technical support for environmental auditors.

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