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
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  National data sources
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Working papers

Land Degradation and Land Use/Cover Data Sources:
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) collects environmental data from the countries biennially with the help of the Questionnaire on environment statistics (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/questionnaire2004.htm). The “Land” section of the questionnaire asks for national data on land use/land cover and land degradation. This report examines the global availability of country level land degradation and land use/cover data that could be used to complement questionnaire responses and to assist the UNSD in data validation. Any judgments related to the usability of existing data sources are made from that point of view. The report is made publicly available, since it can serve as a useful synopsis for other purposes.