Beyond Delusion: A Science and Policy Dialogue on Designing Effective Indicators for Sustainable Development

By on March 18, 2002
From May 7th to 9th, 1999, 38 scientists, policy specialists from public and private sectors, researchers, and measurement experts came together in an innovative, multidisciplinary workshop held in San Rafael de Heredia, Costa Rica. Seventeen countries were represented from five continents. A listing of participants is provided in Appendix 1.

In general terms, the workshop's purpose was to examine the challenge of assessing progress toward sustainability. More specifically, discussions focused on two topics: 1. On indicators for sustainable development and the feasibility of generating a short list of highly aggregated national-level indicators that would effectively supplement current reporting practice. 2. On the process of channeling measurement results into decision-making and communicating sustainability indicators effectively.

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IISD, 2002