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

Manual on the Basic Set of Environment Statistics

The objective of the Manual is to produce and disseminate a set of methodology sheets or metadata for the collection or compilation of all environment statistics of the Basic Set of Environment Statistics embedded in the FDES 2013. These methodology sheets offer detailed and in-depth methodological guidance including definitions, classifications, statistical methods for collection and/or compilation, dissemination and main uses of the sets of the respective environment statistics. The template for these methodology sheets has been agreed by the Expert Group on Environment Statistics (EGES).

The work on the Manual is being coordinated by UNSD and is being carried out in a collaborative way with the EGES and other thematic experts from specialized agencies as needed. The experience of this global group is being utilized in order to construct up to date, hands-on guidance to benefit practitioners working in environment statistics in different countries.

As there are 458 environment statistics identified in the Basic Set of Environment Statistics, their methodology sheets are being developed in a modular and progressive manner. The available volumes (sets) of methodology sheets are disseminated below.

  • Mineral resources   PDF

  • Energy resources   PDF

  • Water resources   PDF