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The Habitability Handbook

The Habitability Handbook

The Habitability Handbook contains 45 indicators to help you measure how habitable your island is. The indicators are categorised in seven areas.

Start by reading the introduction, then click on each area to read more about its indicators.


Area 1: Place Identity

Area 2: Ecosystems

Area 3: Freshwater

Area 4: Energy

Area 5: Local Economy

Area 6: Public Service

Area 7: Prosperous People


A list in English, Finnish and Swedish of the 7 areas and 45 indicators used in the Habitability handbook (opens in pdf).

A printable PDF-version of a blank Sustainability Wheel.

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The Habitability Handbook – An assessment tool for viable island communities by the Archipelago Institute at Åbo Akademi University is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Updated 28.4.2023