Performance indicators are used across a variety of sectors to improve understanding of a particular situation, to assess progress towards a set of goals or objectives, and to make predictions regarding future performance. The purpose of this series of sector-focused case studies is to examine available indicators from a variety of sectors and assess their ability to contribute to the measurement of adaptation actions both in terms of effectiveness and progress on implementation.
To achieve this, the Clean Air Partnership and ICLEI Canada cateloged existing sustainability indicators that are currently being used to measure and/or monitor the effectiveness of policies or actions in coastal management, flood management, health and infrastructure. Indicators are being collected via an online survey.
The second phase of this project involved an examination of the pertinence of such indicators in measuring climate change adaptation. This examination will help to inform the main output of the project which is a case study series detailing indicators currently used to measure sustainability, and an evaluation of their potential application to measuring progress in adaptation to climate change.
This project was funded by Natural Resources Canada's Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate Program.