Unit 7. Indicators of sustainable development


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Unit 7. Indicators of sustainable development

  1. 1. Future of Development Indicators of development
  2. 2. objectives Explain the use of indicators in relationship with development Use examples that students have prepared Introduce the meaning of the concept of sustainability: ‘seeing the big picture’ Translate sustainability to the Aruban landscape Activity: formulate indicators for development Time to reflect on the change-agent project If we have extra time: watch parts of the NOS Aruba 2025 project
  3. 3. Indicator A statistic or measurement used to gauge the condition of something (simplified definition) As a tool that should make it possible both to have a sense pf the state of specific system and also to report on that state to the whole of system, in other words to whole of the country (and afterwards, an other aggregated system levels eg. Supranational level, e.g. Millennium Goals) Misunderstanding to avoid: an indicator is not an elementary item of information. It is information processed, so as to permit the study of an developmental phenomena. Meaning has to been given to raw data!
  4. 4. Choosing indicators: criteria  The characteristics of a good indicator may be outlined as follows: Its relevance Its ability to summarize information without distortions Its co-ordinated and structured character, allowing it to be related to other indicators for a global analysis of the system Its precision and comparability Its reliability
  5. 5. Choosing indicators: criteria  It should make it possible to: Measure how far or how close one is from an objective Identify problematic or unacceptable situations Meet policy (plan) concerns and to answer the question leading to its choice Compare its value to a reference value, to a standars or to itself as computed for a different observation periodtrend monitoring, -analysis
  6. 6. Sustainable development (UN) As expressed by the 1987 UN World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission): sustainable development refers to the need to balance the satisfaction of near-term interests with the protection of the interests of future generations, including their interests in a safe and healthy environment.
  7. 7. 12 development priorities for Aruba (Nos Aruba, 2025) The twelve development priorities are: Lifelong learning and personal development Development of a sustainable Aruban culture through a holistic synthesis of all cultural aspects Building the community from the inside-out Stimulate and promote a healthy living Sustained socio-economic development by means of diversification Developing a nation of innovation = smart people + smart ideas Sustainable tourism development Enabling the international financial sector Protecting the fragile environment Energy management for a sustainable development Promoting sustainable food supplies Putting good governance principles in practice
  8. 8. Sustainability: ‘Duradero/sostenibel”
  9. 9. Meaning of Sustainable development for Aruba integration of all the individual parts For Aruba sustainable development is: about developing our economy and ensuring that everyone can benefit from this. At the same time, it is about our society, our culture and our environment. It is about the connections between our quality of life and housing, open space, transport, education, crime-prevention, health; now and in the future. The decisions, choices and the actions of today impact both us and our future generations. Sustainable development recognizes the need for integrated decision-making. Social, economic, and environmental factors all impact any given decision and in turn every decision has social, economic and environmental impacts Awareness of these linkages is vital to responsible decision-making
  10. 10. Seeing the big picture Aruban Model for Development
  11. 11. Activity: Formulate indicators Reflect on the Aruban model of sustainable development that has emerged from the NISP (Nos Aruba, 2025) Form groups of 3: Choose 1 specific objective from the 12 developmental objectives (priorities) try to formulate 2 indicators for your chosen objective