Tools and Guidelines

Monitoring of our natural environment provides the basis for state-of-the-environment reporting and environmental assessments. The use of up-to-date, high quality and regular environmental information and data is a quintessential component of this work, including the exchange and supply to public authorities and the public as well as the final use of indicator-based assessments in policy-making.

The Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA), in close collaboration with the Joint Task Force on Environmental Indicators and Statistics (JTF), is actively engaged in the use and exchange of environmental information and data. The Working Group has, as part of these efforts, developed practical tools and guidelines to assist countries in their efforts to monitor and assess the status and trends of our natural environment, including the harmonisation of approaches across the pan-European region.

This work is carried out with the support of the European Environment Agency and UN Environment under the auspices of a common approach between the three organisations. 

Following below are some of the tools and guidelines that have been jointly developed:

Guidelines 

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Guidelines for developing national strategies to use biodiversity monitoring as an environmental policy tool for countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as Interested South-Eastern European countries (January 2016)

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Guidelines for Developing National Strategies to Use Air and Water Quality Monitoring as Environmental Policy Tools (July 2012) 

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To see more information, please see Publications.