Sustainable development indicators, Finland

Going from large descriptive sets to target-oriented actively used indicators

Authored by: Ulla Rosenström

Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138674769
eBook ISBN: 9781315561103
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315561103-21

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Abstract

The history of efforts to promote utilization of sustainable development indicators (SDIs) is long and the challenges hindering their utilization have remained largely the same: the sets are often too large and vague to give clear policy guidance, while poor data availability and time lags further contribute to weak interest by the intended users. Finland has been among the forerunners in developing SDIs since the late 1990s and has made special efforts to enhance their use. The unique location of the leadership of indicator work, first at the Ministry of the Environment and later at the Prime Minister’s Office, has enabled experimentation and innovation, which have increased the use and influence of the indicators.

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