Plan for Urban Sustainability Indicators
The objective of this project was to develop a system of indicators that could be applied at the municipal and state levels, that were consistent with Agenda 21 and the municipalities belonging to the Network for Sustainable Local Development .
Using the context of ecological diversity, all the indicators used by each member of the Network were pooled together. Then, a homogeneous criteria was set and the indicators were collected in a common tool. The system, adopted in 2010 by the Working Group on the Network’s Indicators, seeks to measure the degree of sustainability in any municipality in Spain under the same criteria.
The result is two documents of indicators, one for small municipalities and one for large and medium cities, which draw a panel of 30 and 52 indicators respectively. The indicators are organized into the following areas: land use, public space, urban complexity, sustainable mobility, urban metabolism, social cohesion, green spaces and biodiversity. In each section, the indicator is defined, its relevance is justified, and there is a calculation methodology that city officials can easily follow. Moreover, often sub-indicators accompany the indicators to help outline the sources of information necessary for their calculation.