Developing Indicators and Monitoring Systems for Environmentally Livable Cities in the People’s Republic of China

Date: April 2014
Type: Books
ISBN: 978-92-9092-953-6 (print), 978-92-9092-954-3 (web)
Price: US$24.00 (hardcopy)


As an important step in developing a methodology for environmentally sustainable economic development, the study explores the concept of environmental livability for the urban centers of the People’s Republic of China. The study produced the environmental livability index, a practical tool that can demonstrate the present, past, and future dimensions of a livable city; and the mechanism of its practical application. The mock software techniques created multidimensional city-specific assessments, allowing the promotion of urban livability agenda among policy makers, urban managers, and the general public and the comparison and ranking of cities based on prioritized environmental investments and their evaluation.

Looking ahead

The study team confirmed that the environmental livability index system is relevant, applicable, and useful for trend analysis, policy development, and public communication. The study team suggests that it should be used as a tool to facilitate understanding of environmental issues and the impact of environmental policies. For the system to be widely used, the following are needed:

  • training of city environmental planning bureaus and supporting agencies;
  • improvements to the PRC’s monitoring systems;
  • improvements to the data-gathering systems and data quality used in small and medium-sized cities;
  • integration of climate change indicators into the ELI system; and
  • institutionalization of the system at all levels of government.


  • Executive Summary
  • Preparing the System
  • Testing the System
  • Application of the Environmental Livability Index
  • The Future: Using the Index as Part of a Larger Tool Kit
  • Appendixes