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Online Environment Statistics and Environmental Indicators in the UNECE region

The UNECE Statistical Division and Environment Division are jointly working with National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and Ministries of Environment (MoE) to ease access to environmental information in the UNECE region. Important international partners in this work are the European Environment Agency (EEA), Eurostat, UNEP and OECD.

The common goal is to develop a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), where information should be:

Managed as close as possible to its source. 

  1. Collected once and shared with others for many purposes.
  2. Readily available to easily fulfil reporting obligations.
  3. Easily accessible to all users.
  4. Accessible to enable comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale and the participation of citizens.
  5. Fully available to the general public and at national level in the relevant national language(s).
  6. Supported through common, free, open software standards.

The work on SEIS is based on the decision at the Seventh Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference (Astana, 21−23 September 2011) to establish a regular process of environmental assessment and to develop the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) across the UNECE region in order to keep the pan-European environment under review (ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.1, para. 14).

The set of environmental indicators and statistics to be disseminated online are defined in UNECE’s Online Guidelines for the Application of Environmental Indicators.

Most of the UNECE countries are already disseminating some official environment statistics and environmental indicators online, either via the websites of the NSOs or specialised agencies, such as Ministries of Environment or Environment Protection Agencies.

A portal to centrally access the data which is provided on national servers and websites will be developed in the near future. More information about UNECE’s work on SEIS can be found in the reports of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA) and the reports of the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators (JTF).

Currently, official environment statistics and environmental indicators can be obtained online from the following national websites (the hyperlinks are referring to downloadable online data only, such as data cubes, open data portals, downloadable templates etc.):

Country National Statistical Office Other Ministries / Agencies
Albania Institute of Statistics 
Andorra Department of Statistics
Armenia National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia
Belarus