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Indicators and Monitoring


The Italian NSDS in general terms provided a set of 150 indicators directly linked to the priorities and key issues outlined in the Strategy itself. Additionally, the key environmental indicators set by Barcelona’s European Council in 2002 were included in the document. The National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) and the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) took part in the international Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI) in the framework of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (Eurostat) .

Besides that, the ‘Environmental data Yearbook’ issued yearly by the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) is the national information reference in the Country on environment and sustainable development.

The ‘Environmental data Yearbook’ includes many works: an unabridged version (containing all information forms filled out during the year, organised by production sectors, environmental conditions and responses), ‘Key Topics’ (including a piece of information relevant to the priority environmental issues, subject matters of prevention and recovery intervention), ‘vademecum’ (a pocket handbook, including a short synthesis of ‘Key Topics’ evaluation), Multimedia version and the Yearbook Database (an instrument designed for consultation of the indicator fact sheets and the production of reports). This tool, which has been implemented to streamline and improve the processing of the data and metadata, allows users to search the available indicators and to access, if needed, other information not contained in the final version of the Yearbook or contained in past editions.

In the framework of the international activities on indicators complementing GDP, ISTAT and CNEL have established in 2011 a Steering Committee and a Scientific Commission in charge of identifying a common set of indicators for broader measure of progress. The Steering Committee - composed by representatives of civil society - has identified 12 dimensions of well-being relevant to the country. The Scientific Commission then selected 134 high-quality statistical indicators appropriate to measure the domains identified by the Committee. Extended consultations with public opinion (through on-line surveys) have also been carried out. The first comprehensive report of this work, aimed at the definition of the Indicators for an equitable and sustainable well-being (‘benessere equo e sostenibile’ - BES) has been issued in March 2013


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 27 May 2013

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