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
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Main Environmental Indicators

Environment statistics covering a range of issues related to Water, Air, Waste and Land, are compiled by the United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The data are official data supplied by national statistical offices and/or ministries of environment (or equivalent institutions) in countries in response to a biennial UNSD/UNEP questionnaire, sent out in March 2004 (see: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/questionnaire2004.htm). They are supplemented by data taken from UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, see: http://ghg.unfccc.int/) for data on greenhouse gas emissions, and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, see: http://www.fao.org/ag/agl/aglw/aquastat/main/index.stm) for data on water resources. Data from OECD countries and from most European countries are taken from OECD and from Eurostat. For land area, agricultural area and forest area, all data are from FAO, awaiting the results of an in-depth analysis of the differences between FAO data and country data sent to UNSD/UNEP.

It is the first time that data from the UNSD data collection on environment statistics are made publicly available. Results show that environment statistics is still in an early stage of development in many countries, and data are often sparse. Information on the data quality and comparability is given at the end of each table. Data from the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire 2006 will be available soon.

Data are provided for the following topics:


Air Pollution

Climate Change


Land Use


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