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Intro: Baseline Review

The first important step of the IMS is to analyse the present sustainability condition of the city. The purpose is to create a framework of information that will later serve as a basis for setting priorities, targets and the monitoring of progress. Improvements are visible only if they can be compared to a starting point. It is also an analysis of the pressures that have led to the current situation as well as the impacts those pressures have on various parts of the society, economy and environment, as well as the policies and measures al-ready in place.

The baseline review is a regularly repeated part of the IMS which should be conducted by a cross-sectoral working group. It determines the geographical and thematic scope of the IMS. Available data on all relevant sustainability aspects should be collected. Even if all the data cannot be delivered during the first cycle, it serves to identify the gaps. The baseline review should map legal requirements, data regarding all signifi-cant aspects, emerging issues and trends, political priorities, departments and external organisations in-volved, existing instruments and systems. The Aalborg Commitments compose the recommended frame-work for the data collection.

Based on the information and data available in the baseline review, the first strategic programme can be drawn up. The baseline review is renewed every 3-5 years, or more often if the surrounding world has changed substantially.