Sustainable Development Indicators
The National Forest is a national exemplar of sustainable development, demonstrating how wide-ranging environmental, economic and social objectives can be achieved at a landscape-scale for present and future generations.
Sustainable development has been at the heart of the Forest's creation since the publication of the first National Forest Strategy in 1994. In 2007, the NFC collated evidence against 20 sustainable development indicators for a range of environmental, social and economic factors. These indicators were chosen to measure the Forest's contribution to national sustainable development indicators and the UK Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as measuring progress against the objectives of the National Forest Strategy 2004-14.
The intention is to monitor the indicators and publish updates every 3-5 years. The first review took place in late 2010, when the NFC gathered information to determine progress against the original indicators.
Each of the 20 indicators has been updated and they are available here to download together with an introduction and guide to their use.