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January 3, 2007


Indicators - Framework for choosing sustainability Indicators

In choosing indicators, we propose the following 5 value compositions and 4 areas to build a framework.

Capacity and Resource Fairness across Time Fairness across Space Diversity Human Will and Networking
Nature resource cycling,
water/ soil/ air
climate change climate change biodiversity environmental education
Economy energy, resource productivity, food finance food,
international cooperation
energy international cooperation
Society security tradition/ culture mobility gender and minority, tradition and culture money flow
Well-being health wealth gap wealth gap participation in community life satisfaction,
academic performance and education level,
health, participation in community

Standards of choosing indicators
In doing the difficult task of choosing 20 indicators, we have used the following standards as our guidelines. These indicators are not selected to cover all aspects of sustainability; they are what we consider to be “headline indicators” that help us measure a certain important aspects of sustainability.

  • Representative / Important : Is it important?
  • Relevant: Is it relevant to the vision and other indicators?
  • Practical: Is it practical? Are there evidences to support it?
  • Symbolic: Is it symbolic? Is it a focus of public concern?
  • Understandable: Is it understandable to wider public?
  • Comparable: Is it comparable with international standards and past data?
  • Process-oriented: Does it allow us to understand the process and close the gap between the phenomena and the root cause?
  • Multi-stakeholder oriented: Is it meaningful for multi-stakeholders?
  • Fairness: Is it fair to other regions and countries?