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

Environmental surveys

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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Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics
(FDES 2013)

The Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) is a flexible, multi-purpose conceptual and statistical framework that is comprehensive and integrative in nature. It marks out the scope of environment statistics and provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics at the national level. It brings together data from the various relevant subject areas and sources. It is broad and holistic in nature, covering the issues and aspects of the environment that are relevant for policy analysis and decision making by applying it to cross-cutting issues such as climate change.

Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)
(Final Official Edited Version)

Putting the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) to work – A Blueprint for Action

The development of the FDES 2013 was undertaken through an Expert Group process.

The Statistical Commission, at its 44th session (New York, 26 February - 1 March 2013) endorsed the FDES 2013 as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries, and recognized it as a useful tool in the context of sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda. It also endorsed the action plan and the establishment of an Expert Group on Environment Statistics.

The FDES 2013 was preceded by the FDES 1984 also developed by UNSD.

A brochure describing the developments and use of the FDES 2013 is available in the following languages:

[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [Espa˝ol] [Franšais] [Russian]

United Nations Statistics Division - Environment Statistics