The indicators – which encompass six thematic areas and a set of macro-indicators – were selected among existing international indicators or new indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 will be reviewed, its database updated and factsheets for each of the selected indicators will be prepared, with the support of SwitchMed II. The set of SCP indicator fact sheets under development will facilitate communication on progress achieved on the strategic objectives of the SCP Action Plan.
The complete set of SCP indicators is set forth below. Indicators are distributed across one of 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 Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (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.