Strengthening environment statistics programmes

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a sub-regional workshop for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries, entitled “Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)” in collaboration with COMESA. It will take place in Balaclava, Mauritius on 26-29 January with hosting and on-ground support being provided by UNDP and Statistics Mauritius.

This workshop follows the United Nations Statistical Commission’s endorsement in 2013 of the revised FDES 2013 as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries. The Commission also recognized the FDES as a useful tool in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The FDES 2013 is a multi-purpose conceptual and statistical framework which marks out the scope of environment statistics. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics at the national level and is very relevant for policy analysis and decision making. This workshop will provide opportunity for participating Member States to strengthen national data production and coordinate efforts to improve environment statistics spanning topics such as water, biodiversity, agriculture, emissions of greenhouse gases, extreme events, environmental health and environmental management.

It is also very relevant to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) since many of the environment statistics to be discussed and analyzed are necessary for measurement of countries’ progress towards achieving the goals. The implementation of the FDES 2013 will help countries address the increasing demand for integrated information in support of integrated policies in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda through the strengthening of environmental statistics and indicators.

Key elements of the workshop will include: in-depth presentation on and discussion about the FDES 2013, including its components, sub-components, topics and Basic/Core Sets of Environment Statistics; application of the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT); definition of key concepts and terminology in the field of environment statistics; use of various data sources such as geospatial information systems, remote sensing, scientific research, administrative data; and introduction to the planned Methodological Manual for the Basic Set of Environment Statistics.

For more information: The Environment Statistics Section