Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Informed-decision-making requires integrated, relevant, timely and easy accessible information and its appropriate assessment. To achieve this, adequate monitoring programmes, data and information management systems, assessment and reporting routines and methods have to be in place. The UNECE Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme assists member States in working with environmental data and information to ensure their timely flow and adequate assessment. In this way, the Programme helps enable informed decision-making processes, both nationally and internationally, in the environmental sector.
At the Seventh Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Astana, 2011) it was decided to develop a Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) across the pan-European region. During the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia, in June 2016 progress in achieving the SEIS was reviewed, including a discussion of the main achievements and challenges and the way forward.
The report on progress in establishing SEIS in support of regular environmental reporting in the pan-European region sums up all the work done since SEIS monitoring started. The report looks at the methodologies used to access data, measures performance in accordance with review criteria established and presents country case studies.
The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the Pan-European Region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors related to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, region-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates that regional and global multilateral environmental agreements have improved environmental conditions in the pan-European region. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision makers.
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