The indicators – which encompass six thematic areas and a set of macro-indicators – were developed during SwitchMed I and adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Region of the Mediterranean at their COP20 in December 2017.
During COP21 of the Barcelona Convention held in December 2019, the Contracting Parties requested SCP/RAC to integrate the set of SCP indicators into the Mediterranean Sustainability Dashboard for monitoring the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD). The SCP Action Plan is an integral part of the MSSD Objective 5 “Transition towards a Green and Blue Economy”, which identifies the promotion of and support to green businesses as key in the transition towards a more circular economy.
Information on the Mediterranean Sustainability Dashboard is available at the Mediterranean Observatory on environment and sustainable development managed by Plan Bleu.
During the 2020-2021 biennium, also at the request of COP21, the list of SCP indicators were reviewed, its database updated and factsheets for each of the selected indicators were prepared, with the support of SwitchMed II. The set of 30 SCP indicator fact sheets aims to facilitate communication on progress achieved by Mediterranean countries on the strategic objectives of the SCP Regional Action Plan.
The complete set of SCP indicators is set forth below. Indicators are distributed across six thematic areas and a class of macro-indicators. The thematic areas comprise: (1) land use, (2) water (efficiency), (3) energy (efficiency), (4) pollution, (5) resource (efficiency) and (6) behavior (producers and consumers). The macro-indicators address carbon, water and ecological footprints. For each indicator, there is a determination of the availability of data; whether it is included in the monitoring framework for the SDGs; the relevant SDG indicator; and whether it is also included in the monitoring framework for the MSSD. The mid-term evaluation of the SCP Action Plan, under development, will also be carried out in 2020 using updated information on the SCP indicators.