Implementation and evaluation of sustainability indicators in four municipalities

Municipal system of sustainability indicators

The objective of this project is to implement the Municipal System of Sustainability Indicators in four municipalities that belong to the Network for Sustainable Local Development. The indicators are then evaluated which involves a calculation methodology and the establishment of desirable values for each indicator, according to the local urban scale.

This system, adopted in 2010 by the Indicators Working Group of the Network, is a standard that measures the degree of sustainability in Spanish municipalities under the same criteria. This facilitates, among other things, the comparison of data between different municipalities and is therefore an essential tool for decision-making processes. Moreover, these indicators will help to prepare an analysis of the sustainability of a municipality.

The municipalities chosen to implement this system of indicators respond to different criteria pertaining to population size, location, and technology. First, the population threshold is split into four sections: less than 2,000 inhabitants, between 2,000 and 10,000 inhabitants, 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants and over 50,000 inhabitants. The geographic location is also important, as well as the availability of tools like Geographic Information Systems. The municipalities involved are Torrent (Valencia), Cangas (Pontevedra), St. Mary Cayon (Cantabria) and Graus (Huesca), whose election was validated at the last meeting of the Network.

This system... is an essential tool for decision-making processes (and) will help to prepare an analysis of the sustainability of a municipality.

Implementation and evaluation of sustainability indicators in four municipalities

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