Sustainable Development Indicators in Israel: Summary Report Phase 1
Publication Year: 2004
Indicators are signposts that can point the way to sustainable development. There is no agreed and exact definition of indicators for sustainable development but creating them may show us some kind of a direction for paving a road toward creating sustainable development. The study was based on three primary efforts.
The first effort focused on the assessment of existing knowledge in Israel and its adaptation to accepted indicator systems worldwide. Second, a survey of indicator systems accepted worldwide was carried out which assessed the applicability of the system proposed by the Mediterranean Action Plan. The third and last effort was to identify indicators necessary in Israel.
Developing a System of Indicators for Sustainable Development
Based on the indicators detailed in the report, a preliminary system of sustainable development indicators is proposed for Israel. The indicators are classified according to six subjects:
(I) monitoring economic growth;
(II) monitoring the level of social and environmental equity in the present generation;
(III) the capacity to cope with environmental subjects;
(IV) the protection of the interests of future generations (especially their ability to shape their own future according to their vi Toward a System of Sustainable Development Indicators in Israel desires);
(V) the efficiency of natural resource utilization; and
(VI) indicators on the quality of life of the present generation.
The indicator system presented in this report is preliminary. It still requires completions in several areas as well as a review to assess its suitability to its goals. These tasks will be the focus of the study in the second phase.