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Output from OPEN:EU and IN-STREAM Workshop: Sustainability Indicators for Policy Making - 8-9 February 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

"How can our progress towards sustainable development be measured?"

"Which sustainability indicators are most needed and which tools are currently being developed in the OPEN:EU and INSTREAM projects to help in decision making?"

Thanks to all those who were able to participate in discussion at this exclusive event organised by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and Ecologic Institute Berlin. Your input was invaluable and we look forward to welcoming you to future events.

Two unique EC FP7 funded projects hosted back-to-back workshops over two days bringing together experts, statisticians, policy makers and representatives of Civil Society organisations to share feedback on a number of sustainability indicators and to provide a platform for sharing experience of best practices that can improve the use of indicators to assess progress on economic and sustainability goals, at both national and EU level.

The workshop minutes can be downloaded here:

OPEN:EU / IN-STREAM Workshop Minutes

On 8th February, the OPEN:EU Project (One Planet Economy Network Europe Project) delivered a workshop focusing on the preliminary outcomes of the OPEN:EU project, with a focus on the Footprint Family of indicators (i.e. the Ecological, Carbon and Water Footprints). Its main objective was to gather stakeholders’ and experts’ feedback on the Footprint Family of Indicators and the EUREAPA tool being developed by the project and their link to the policy cycle."

The presentations from this workshop can be downloaded here:

Workshop Agenda

Presentation 1: Project Overview

Presentation 2: Workshop Introduction

Presentation 3: Introduction to Footprint Family Indicators

Presentation 4: Footprint Family Definition & Added Value

Presentation 5: The EUREAPA Tool

Presentation 6: Relevance of EUREAPA to Policy Cycle

On 9th February, the INSTREAM Project (INtegrating MainSTREAM
Economic Indicators with Sustainable Development Objectives - hosted a workshop focusing on the INSTREAM project, providing key insights and preliminary outcomes of its qualitative and quantitative analyses, linking economic indicators with measures of sustainability and well-being.

This was the first of a series of workshops dedicated to specific policy
areas which will take place in different European cities. This first event focused in particular on the use of indicators in policy areas of
relevance to biodiversity conservation.”

The various presentations from this workshop can be downloaded from the In-stream Project website at this link:

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at: or

Related OPEN Reports


Building on the premise that no single indicator is able to comprehensively monitor (progress towards) sustainability, the project defined a “Footprint Family” suite of indicators to track human pressure on the planet from multiple angles.

Pre-modelling analysis of the Footprint family of indicators Scenario Scoping Report

This report describes the scope of the scenarios that will be created during the OPEN:EU project, summarises the process for their development and introduces the analysis of policy relevant to the footprint family.


7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement N° 227065. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the One Planet Economy Network and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. 

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