Indicator Criteria
  • Relevant to community
  • Addresses carrying capacity
  • Understandable and useable
  • Data accessibility, reliability
  • Not at the expense of others

Talking Points
  • There are many different ways to evaluate indicators
  • These are the basic components to evaluate

As we already discussed before the small group exercise, there are a number of ways to evaluate indicators. The basic criteria are that indicators be relevant, understandable, and useable by the community. To be an indicator of sustainability, the indicator must address the issue of carrying capacity (population and available resources). There also needs to be a way to collect reliable data.

Finally, sustainability can not be achieved at the expense of another community's sustainability.
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