Israeli Well-being Indicators
Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection
In December 2012, the Israeli government appointed an interministerial team to formulate indicators to measure the quality of life in Israel and to set metrics for measuring sustainability and national resilience. A workshop was organized by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Jerusalem in September 2014 to review the proposed indicators, which the government decided to base on an extended concept of capital, and link them to national policy design. The workshop was attended by international experts, team members of the Israeli Wellbeing, Sustainability & Resilience Indicators task force, representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Economic Council, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Economy and senior academics.
Robert Smith participated in the workshop as an international expert in the measurement of well-being, particularly with respect to its environmental dimension. He gave presentations during the workshop on the general topic of measuring well-being from a capital perspective as well as the specific topic of natural capital and sustainability. He also provided written comments following the workshop on the proposed Israeli well-being indicators and on the concept of natural capital.