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Compendium of Sustainable Development Indicator Initiatives

Summary: The Compendium of Sustainable Development Indicator Initiatives (CSDII) provides information on sustainable development initiatives carried out at international, national, provincial/territorial/state, regional, sectoral, ecosystem and local/community levels worldwide.

Main Points: The CSDII’s indicator sets are compiled based on geographic regions with natural or jurisdictional boundaries, economic sectors and institutions, in many countries of the world. More than ever, there is a need to coordinate research and practice in these areas.

The CSDII seeks to:

·        improve communication among the various stakeholders in sustainable development to promote the sharing of experiences, methods and approaches on indicator development and use for mutual benefit;

·        facilitate the harmonization of indicator development approaches and indicator sets;

·        avoid duplication of efforts and facilitate the integration of monitoring, data analysis and reporting activities;

·        provide governments, NGOs, the private sector and the public with access to a pool of experts working on indicator development;

·        help identify areas of future research where indicator work is required; and

·        provide information on a wide range of publications related to developing indicators and indices for sustainable development.

Over a number of years, over 600 initiatives have been added to the Compendium. Recently, Environment Canada was mandated to create a National Indicators and Reporting Strategy and has sought assistance from the International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development to collect up-to-date information on leading indicator initiatives worldwide. The primary reason for this collaboration was to help provide background information for the development of the National Strategy, but also to help support an indicators and reporting community of practice in Canada and internationally.

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