Leading Specialist, All-Russian Institute of Mineral Resources Economics, Kaluga Department
Professor, Kaluga State University,
Member of the Civic Chamber of the Kaluga region
Evaluation of Sustainable Development of the Kaluga Region
One of the prerequisites for the countries’ and regions’ transition to the model of sustainable development, the high level of ecological culture is recognizes. During treating of future environmental professionals in the Kaluga State University a systematic approach is used. It involves the construction of the content of academic disciplines with the goal to form a scientific understanding of the interactions in the “Man - Society – Nature” system, of the man’s role in environmental change and of the need to move the world community to a model of sustainable development. For students the discipline “Sustainable human development” is read. It is aimed at creating objectives of environmental policy and international cooperation in environmental protection, study of the basic principles of sustainable development in the context of globalization and the basic models and methods of transition to such a development in the regions.
To ensure sustainable development and its evaluation in the Kaluga region were obtained the following results:
- a system of indicators for assessing the sustainability of the Kaluga region was proposed;
- the integrated sustainability index was developed. The comprehensive assessment and zoning of the Kaluga region was made using the methods of geographic information systems;
- approaches and recommendations for education for sustainable development for students in the Kaluga State University were developed and tested.
In general, the development of the region is characterized as average-sustainable, but there were positive changes in socio-economic sphere in the development of some administrative districts.
The values of most indicators have remained stable or showed a decline of the ecological situation in the region.