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A Systemic approach for sustainability implementation planning at the local level by SDG target prioritization: the Case of Quebec City

Tremblay David, Gowsy Sabine, Riffon Olivier, Boucher Jean-François, Dubé Samuel et Villeneuve Claude. (2021). A Systemic approach for sustainability implementation planning at the local level by SDG target prioritization: the Case of Quebec City. Sustainability, 13, (5), p. 2520.

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The success of the 2030 Agenda hinges on mobilization at the local level. The localization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their targets involves adapting them to local contexts. This case study of Quebec City, Canada, illustrates how the use of a systemic sustainability analysis tool can help integrate SDGs in the building of a sustainable development strategy at the local level. Our approach focuses on the use of an SDG target prioritization grid (SDGT-PG) and begins with the mobilization and training of a group of officers representing various city services. We first used an original text-mining framework to evaluate SDG integration within existing strategic documents published by the city. The result provides a portrait of existing contributions to SDG targets and identifies potential synergies and trade-offs between services and existing policies. A citywide prioritization workshop was held to assess the relative importance of SDG targets for the city. Priorities were then identified by combining the importance of the targets as viewed by stakeholders, the current level of achievement of SDG targets as determined by the analysis of existing documents, and the jurisdiction and responsibilities given to Quebec City in regard to federal and provincial legislation. We identified the main focus areas and related SDG targets. Furthermore, we observed whether actions needed to be consolidated or new actions needed to be implemented. The identification of synergies and trade-offs within the city service actions provides information on the links to be made between the different municipal services and calls for partnerships with other organizations. The use of the SDGT-PG allows the vertical and horizontal integration of the SDG targets and demonstrates how participation and inclusion facilitate stakeholders’ appropriation of the applied sustainable development strategy.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 2520
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Identifiant unique:10.3390/su13052520
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales > Administration publique
Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences appliquées > Eau et environnement
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences fondamentales
Mots-clés:2030 Agenda, sustainable development goals, SDGs, systemic sustainability analysis, SDG targets prioritization
Déposé le:22 mars 2021 18:21
Dernière modification:22 mars 2021 18:21
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