Indicators and Reporting


Efforts to carry out effective environmental activities require objective and up-to-date analytical information on the state-of-the-environment. This is most often achieved through the use of environmental indicators, which can provide a practical and economical way to track the state-of-the-environment. This information and data can in turn be tied to policy goals and provide a mechanism for tracking and evaluating policy implementation.

Today, a vast amount of environmental data on the state-of-the-environment, trends, pressures and drivers is being collected across the pan-European region, not only for policymakers but also to provide public access to data. The environmental indicators, maintained by the UNECE, are designed to answer key policy questions and serve as a basis for sound and informed policy-making. State-of-the-environment reports are key information products for many UNECE countries.

UNECE has developed a list of environmental indicators in collaboration with the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA) and the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators (JTF). In June 2007, the Working Group and Joint Task Force agreed on a list of environmental indicators under the following thematic areas:


Air pollution and
ozone depletion

Climate Change 


Land and soil







Other indicator sets