Environment Statistics
History and current activities
Brochure on Environment Statistics

FDES 2013

  Basic Set of Environment Statistics
  Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool
  Expert Group on Environment Statistics
  Manual on the Basic Set of Environment Statistics

International Recommendations for Water Statistics

Concepts and methods in Environment Statistics



UNSD environmental indicators

  Country Snapshots
  Country Files
(Limited access)
Technical cooperation


EAC project

ECOWAS project

ESCWA project


CARICOM project




Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics

Reports to the Statistical Commission
ENVSTATS newsletters
Useful links
  National data sources
  International and regional data sources
  Environmental accounting
Contact us

Data collection

At the request of the Statistical Commission and its Working Group on International Programmes and Coordination, UNSD has embarked on the collection of environmental data from national statistical offices in 1999. The data collection was repeated in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013. A full analysis of the results of these very first efforts at the international collection of a set of environmental variables is given in a report to the 34th session of the Statistical Commission on environment statistics. The Statistical Commission supported and approved the programme for data collection outlined in the report.

The data collection was joined by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2004 and has been established on a biennial basis as part of UNSD’s regular data collection programme. The Questionnaire is sent to the national statistical offices as well as to the ministries/agencies responsible for environmental matters.

The data received from countries, together with data from other sources, feed into UNSD’s evolving environment statistics database. UNSD environmental indicators derived from these data are available.

The Questionnaire 2013 on Environment Statistics, focusing on Water and Waste, was sent to countries in April 2014.


United Nations Statistics Division - Environment Statistics