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Elaboration of 18 indicators for Local Agenda 21


Detailed description of the Good Practice

In Stockholm, the Local Agenda 21 ideal of broad participation was taken seriously when the city wanted to find indicators to measure it progress. It started in 1997, when citizens were asked through the media and other channels to say what issues they felt were most important. There were 11.000 responses. Based on these, a reference group identifed the broad issues that people were most concerned about. Then 25 two-day round table meetings were held, with a total of 200 participants representing all sectors of the community. Starting from a discussion of what sustainable development means, plus the issues people were most concerned about, each round table group proposed a set of indicators. The 25 between them suggested 340 different indicators.

A new series of meetings between experts and members of the round table groups manged to reduce the number to 40, partly by "merging" proposals that were fairly similar. Then citizens were invited, via the Internet and via reply-paid postcards that were distributed at Stockholm underground stations, to choose among these. Over 2000 people responded, and the 15 indicators they found the leat interesting were eliminated. The remaining list of 25 was finally refined and adjusted through discussions between experts in relevant fields and the reference group, plus a final round table seminar in 1999. These discussions identified a need to adjust the set of indicators to improve the balance between those relating to ecological, economic and social sustainability. The end result was a set of 18 indicators, which the city authorities and other groups involved in the Local Agenda 21 process are now starting to use.

sustainable development

Objectives of the Good Practice

to elaborate a set of indicators to improve the balance between those relating to ecological, economic and social sustainability

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Stockholm

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

City of Stockholm

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html

Available files

Contact details

Jon Möller
Name Miljöförvaltningen i Stockholm (City of Stockholm, Environment Department)
Address P.O. Box 38024, SE-100 64 Stockholm
Telephone +46-8-508 28 800
Telefax +46 8-508 28 808
WEB-address http://www.slb.mf.stockholm.se/miljo/

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 13, 2009)