The Environment Statistics Section of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is engaged in the development of methodologies, data collection, technical cooperation, and coordination in the fields of environmental statistics and indicators.
Methodological work includes the elaboration of frameworks, concepts, methods, definitions, and data compilation guidelines to support the development and harmonization of national and international statistics on the environment.
Data collection is implemented through the biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics. Data collection started in 1999 and the eighth round of data collection on water and waste statistics is currently taking place. UNSD environmental indicators derived from these data, as well as for the eight other themes, are now available.
Technical cooperation, training and capacity building is provided through regional and sub-regional projects, international training workshops, fellowship arrangements and assistance to countries. Recent projects covered the countries of the CARICOM, ESCWA, ECOWAS and EAC regions.
Coordination of international activities in the field of environmental statistics and indicators is provided through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-Env) with UNSD as the Secretariat.
ENVSTATS is the environment statistics newsletter of UNSD. Issues from 1995 are available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.