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Sustainability Indicators in Practice by Dorice Agol, Agnieszka Latawiec

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Foreword

Indicators of sustainability are in vogue again, after a lull of a few years when a breakthrough in the drive for new and broader measures of progress inspired by Agenda 21 and the first Rio Conference appeared to elude science and the policy communities. This re-energized interest is driven in no small part by international politics that placed sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the center of the post-2015 development agenda. Taking SDGs and targets seriously requires tracking progress, and tracking progress requires sustainable development indicators (SDIs).

Even though the post-2000 years haven’t resulted in a spectacular breakthrough in how society measures progress, the idea that progress is multi-dimensional and that it requires ...

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