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International Institute for Sustainble Development


Consultative 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 of Sustainability.

Who is doing what?
Information about the development and application of indicators and measurements of sustainable development at global, national, sub-national, regional, local and institutional levels.

How do you do it?
The BELLAGIO 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 1996.

Basic principles concerning the starting point, content, process and continuing capacity for assessing progress towards sustainable development using indicators.

Assessing Sustainable Development: Principles in Practice
Edited by Peter Hardi and Terrence Zdan

IISD, Winnepeg, 1997 - 166 p.

Case studies illustrating the Bellagio Principles.

To order or down-load as PDF: http://iisd1.iisd.ca/about/prodcat/perfrep.htm

Beyond Delusion: Science and Policy Dialogue on Designing Effective Indicators of Sustainable Development, 6-9 May 1999, San Jose Costa Rica

Joint Research Center

Dashboard of Sustainability - Latest version May 2003

A graphic 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).

The "Dashboard 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.


World Resources Institute


Recent indicator publications:

REEFS 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., 1998

Web version: http://www.wri.org/wri/reefsatrisk/reefrisk.html

Resource 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 Studies (Japan).

World Resources Institute, Washington, 1997 - 66 p.
Web: http://www.wristore.com/wristore/ resflowmatba.html

Environmental Indicators: 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.
Web: http://www.wristore.com/wristore/enin.html

Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean: Toward Land-Use Sustainability
Manuel Winograd

World Resources Institute, Washington, n.d. - 83 p.

Web: http://www.wristore.com/wristore/eninforlatam.html
(see also the CIAT/UNEP Environmental and Sustainability Indicators project below)


WWF Living Planet Index

WWF Living 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

Assessing Progress Towards Sustainability:

Sustainability Assessment Method, IUCN Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative
May 2001: Part A, B & C

Redefining Progress

Ecological 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.

Redefining Progress - General Progress Indicator
Why Bigger Isn't Better: The Genuine Progress Indicator --1999 Update. Redefining Progress, Oakland, California, 1999.



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 #report 




UNEP/DEWA/Earthwatch 1996-2003