Institute for Sustainble Development
Group on Sustainable Development Indicators
This is a small group, supported by the Wallace
Global Fund and with a secretariat at IISD, whose mission is to promote
cooperation, better coordination, and strategizing among key individuals
and institutions working in the area of developing and using sustainable
development indicators. A recent product of the group has been the Dashboard
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COMPENDIUM OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INDICATOR INITIATIVES AND PUBLICATIONS
Information about the development and application
of indicators and measurements of sustainable development at global, national,
sub-national, regional, local and institutional levels.
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PRINCIPLES - Guidelines for practical
assessment of progress towards sustainable development.
Developed by an international group of measurement practitioners and researchers
from five continents, meeting in Bellagio, Italy in November
Basic principles concerning the starting point,
content, process and continuing capacity for assessing progress towards
sustainable development using indicators.
Sustainable Development: Principles in Practice
Edited by Peter Hardi and Terrence Zdan
IISD, Winnepeg, 1997 - 166
Case studies illustrating the Bellagio Principles.
To order or down-load as PDF: http://iisd1.iisd.ca/about/prodcat/perfrep.htm
Delusion: Science and Policy Dialogue on Designing Effective Indicators
of Sustainable Development, 6-9 May
1999, San Jose Costa Rica
- Latest version May 2003
presentation of indicators of sustainable development being developed
by the JRC
and other partners with the cooperation of the Consultative Group on Indicators
of Sustainable Development (see upper).
of Sustainability" is a free, non-commercial software which allows
to present complex relationships between economic, social and environmental
issues in a highly communicative format aimed at decision-makers and citizens
interested in Sustainable Development. For the WSSD, the CGSDI published
the "From Rio to Jo'burg" Dashboard, with over 60 indicators
for more than 200 countries.
AT RISK: A Map-Based Indicator of Threats to the World's Coral Reefs
by Dirk Bryant, Lauretta Burke, John McManus and Mark Spaulding. 56 p.
WRI/ICLARM/WCMC/UNEP. World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.,
Web version: http://www.wri.org/wri/reefsatrisk/reefrisk.html
Flows: The Material Basis of Industrial Economies
Albert Adriaanse et al.
World Resources Institute, Wuppertal Institute, Netherlands Ministry of
Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, National Institute for Environmental
World Resources Institute, Washington, 1997
- 66 p.
A Systematic Approach to Measuring and Reporting on Environmental Policy
Performance in the Context of Sustainable Development
Allen Hammond et al.
World Resources Institute, Washington, 1995
- 53 p.
Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean:
Toward Land-Use Sustainability
World Resources Institute, Washington, n.d. - 83 p.
(see also the CIAT/UNEP
Environmental and Sustainability Indicators project below)
WWF Living Planet Index
Planet Report - 2000 includes
the Living Planet Index measuring the natural wealth of the earth's forests,
freshwater ecosystems, and oceans and coasts.
IUCN - The World Conservation Union
Progress Towards Sustainability:
Assessment Method, IUCN Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative
May 2001: Part
Footprint of Nations
(pdf) - November 2002
Released by Redifinding
Progress, Ecological Footprint accounts provide a conservative estimate
of humanity's pressure on global ecosystems. They represent the biologically
productive area required to produce the food and wood people consume,
to supply space for infrastructure, and to absorb the greenhouse gas carbon
dioxide (CO2) emitted from burning fossil fuels.
Progress - General Progress Indicator
Why Bigger Isn't Better: The Genuine Progress
Indicator --1999 Update. Redefining Progress, Oakland, California,
Global Leaders of Tomorrow Environment Task Force
Environmental Sustainability Index
- January 2001
Prepared in collaboration with the Yale Center for
Environmental Law and Policy, and the Columbia University Center for International
Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).
Compares 122 countries for environmental sustainability
using 22 core indicators with 67 variables.
Report (2001): http://www.ciesin.org/indicators/ESI/downloads.html