Green Logical Framework & Indicators
Indicators are variables used to measure the achievement of an objective. In the project approach, they are notably used in the project's logical framework. In the sector approach and in general budget support operations, they are used to monitor progress in the achievement of the supported (sectoral or national) programme. From an environmental perspective it is important both to select adequate environmental indicators and also to carefully select non-environmental indicators, which otherwise may promote the pursuit of environmentally damageable objectives.
Specific indicators allow diagnosing trends, measuring progress and making cross-country (or corss-regional) comparisons. They focus on specific issues. Useful sources on specififc indicators notably inlcude:
Comprehensive indices are aggregates of indicators which provide an overall vision of performance or, in the case of the ecological footprint, of the level of pressure on world resources. They provide useful aggregate information, but be aware that their value is sensitive to the choice of weightings for their various components, and they entail a risk of losing sight of specific problems to be solved. Useful information sources notably include:
At the level of a country or at smaller scale (sectors, programmes, projects), indicators should be identified on a case by case basis. The following links provide methodological recommendations mainly for country-wide indicators.
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