Measurement and Assessment
Navigating the sustainability transition requires good instruments that orient us and tell us where we are, where we may be headed and what our options are.
There are instruments that can help set goals and targets; others can be used to monitor and report on progress, and some are useful in exploring alternative futures. All of them are essential for effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management, and inform political discourse about economic, social and environmental goals. IISD has been working to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes for navigating the path to sustainable development since 1995.
Measuring Winnipeggers' Convenient Access to Public Transit
IISD has developed a method to track convenient access to public bus transit in Winnipeg, in Canada and globally.Read More
What Is the Link Between Hunger and Migration?
In the context of the current refugee crisis—and the rhetoric surrounding international migration—we investigated how international migration is affected by economic growth, hunger and increased agricultural productivity.Read More
Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to offer an ambitious and transformational agenda for our common future through 2030. In this brief, we review countries’ voluntary reviews to the HLPF to identify the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators.Read More
Cost of Pollution: Extreme Weather
Did you know that the cost of climate change-related heat waves in Canada is estimated to have been $1.6 billion in 2015?Read More
Cost of Pollution: Contaminated Sites
Did you know that average annual cost of managing contaminated sites under federal jurisdiction in Canada was $283 million between 2005/06 and 2014/15?Read More
Cost of Pollution: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Did you know that the cost of persistent organic pollutants to Canada is estimated to be in the billions, but we still don't know for sure?Read More
Cost of Pollution: Smog
Did you know that smog cost Canada $36 billion in 2015?Read More
Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governments
Pollution costs Canadian families, businesses and governments a startling amount every year. These costs add up to tens of billions of dollars at least. These are our findings from a new report on the cost of pollution in Canada.Read More
Our City: A Peg Report on the Natural and Built Environment
This report takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Winnipeggers and the natural and built environments in their city.Read More
Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run
This report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.Read More