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A system of integrated indicators for socio-environmental assessment and eco-certification in agriculture – Ambitec-Agro

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Author(s): Caldeira Monteiro, Rubens | Stachetti Rodrigues, Geraldo

Journal: Journal of Technology Management & Innovation
ISSN 0718-2724

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: socio-environmental impact assessment | technology appraisal | environmental certification | eco-labeling | sustainable development

ABSTRACT
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency (Embrapa) has proposed a “System for Environmental Impact Assessment of Agricultural Technology Innovations” (Ambitec-Agro) for the appraisal of research projects and technology innovations in the institutional context of R&D. A derived system, directed at eco-certification of rural activities (Eco-cert.Rural), has been proposed in order to extend the environmental assessment practice to rural activities. The Ambitec-Agro System comprises a set of weighing matrices organized for the integrated assessment of socio-environmental indicators, including modules focused on the environmental impact assessment of Agricultural, Livestock production, and Agro-industrial activities and a specific module for Social Impact Assessment. The calculated impact indices facilitate socio-environmentally sound decision making and allow the delineation of ad hoc recommendations for performance improvements, as well as selection of best cases for benchmarking purposes. The paper presents the Ambitec-Agro System and its applications as a project appraisal and technology management methodology.
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