How much most common sustainability indicators and indices are used in Estonian policy papers

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This paper highlights the complexity of measuring sustainable development (SD), gives an overview of connectedness and usage of most common Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI) in two policy papers in Estonia. Three main levels of the usage of SDI exist: (1) scientific one; (2) for statistical use and (3) those used in policy papers. I will investigate how (1) most well known scientific indicator’s sets or indices, (2) statistical SD indicators worked out by Eurostat and applied in Estonia and SD indices calculated for Estonia are used in (3) Chapter of Indicators of Long Term Strategy for Sustainable Development of Estonia. The main ruling policy paper “Coalition Agreement of the Government of Estonia” will be analysed from the same point of view. The results indicate the total mismatch – the most common SD indicators/indices are almost not used (Human Development Index is the only exception) and even from the 62 Eurostat SD indicators only 20 are used, which is 32.26 % only. The question remains, why the best academic and expert knowledge on measuring SD is ignored in sustainability and mainstream policy documents in Estonia.

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