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Regionalized nAMEA-type matrix (RAMEA)
Analysing links between economy and environment
We all know deep down that the economic decisions of nations and regions can affect the environment. But planners don’t always make these connections. It is essential to forge a clear link between economy and environment so that we can measure these effects and learn how to develop economically and socially without causing environmental harm. The RAMEA project was created to build a NAMEA (National Accounting Matrix)-style system at regional level to analyse pressures put on the environment by economic decisions and households, and to support policy decision-making.
RAMEA is a resource management project within the GROW programme, working across four EU regions – South East England (UK), Malopolska (PL), Emilia-Romagna (IT) and Noord-Brabant (NL). It is closely linked with the EU goals of achieving a sustainable development strategy throughout the bloc.
Led by Italian institution ARPA, the project includes one partner from each of the four regions. It stages workshops and meetings, which have resulted in excellent team-building, and screens economic and environmental data available in each region. It has developed four matrices and set in motion a continuing process of analysing results.
The major outcome of the project is the construction of four RAMEA matrices providing coherent and comparable benchmarking between regions’ economic and environmental performance. Four case studies are also being produced along with a construction manual and a user manual.
Linking environmental pressures, such as emissions to air, to what is happening in the economy and households has made it possible to see which sectors of society and industry are responsible for impacts on the environment. Policy and decision-makers are better informed and see the implications of their decisions for both the economy and the environment, and the general public have access to simpler environmental information.
“The work of our excellent project team has given great support to those whose job it is to work out sustainable development strategies and also evaluate the effect of their policies,” said Michele Sansoni of lead partner ARPA.
Analysis of results, benchmarking of regional performances, production of case studies, and creation of manuals is still ongoing. The team are convinced their RAMEA matrices will be a valuable tool for the four partner regions that can also be made available to others. Homogeneous regional statistics will in turn lead to stronger national statistics.
“Policy and decision-makers are better informed and see the implications of their decisions for both the economy and the environment.”
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