EAC Project

Summary

UNSD is currently implementing the Development Account project "Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development". This project includes two modules. The Environment Statistics Section is responsible for Module A, which focuses on strengthening environment statistics in the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and its five member states, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda. Module B focuses on the implementation of selected environmental-economic accounts in two Asian countries and two EAC countries.

Module A - Activities

Opening regional workshop:

Workshop on Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)
Arusha, Tanzania, 6-10 July 2015

DOCUMENTATION AND PRESENTATIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP

The opening workshop of the project gathered participants from the five EAC countries, regional and international organizations (UNSD, UNECA,UNEP, EAC, COMESA) and training institutions (School of Statistics and Planning (SSP), Makerere University, Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC). The key purpose of this mission was to build national capacities for the implementation of the FDES, to provide statisticians and experts from ministries of environment (or equivalent institutions) with detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary approaches to environment statistics, and to discuss the development of a programme on environment statistics for the EAC region. The implementation of the FDES will help countries address the increasing demand for integrated information in support of integrated policies in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the post-2015 development agenda through the strengthening of environmental statistics and indicators.

National missions:

Uganda (15-19 August 2016)


The mission was composed of two activities, bilateral consultations and a workshop. During the bilateral consultations with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) on the first day the main environmental issues, priorities and data gaps in the country were discussed. The future work of UBOS to develop environment statistics in the country was discussed during bilateral discussions on the last day.

The purpose of the three day workshop was, inter alia, to reunite the different stakeholders so that they could discuss the availability of environment statistics in the country, assess the need of and uses for environment statistics, and develop a national work plan for the way forward. In order to achieve this goal, the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) Part II was used by the participants in group work, so that they could then use it in their own institutions to have a complete view of the state of environment statistics in the country. Moreover, EAC was invited to anchor the mission in the region by making a presentation on the needs for environment statistics in the region, drafting a common national work plan to be applied to the five EAC member states and starting to think about a common set of environmental indicators to monitor regional policies.

Kenya (22-26 August 2016)


The mission was composed of two activities, bilateral consultations and a workshop. During the bilateral consultations with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the first day the main environmental issues, priorities and data gaps in the country were discussed. After the meeting with KNBS, UNSD visited the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. During the meeting with the counterpart at the Ministry, his expectations regarding the meeting as well as his future plans concerning environment statistics were discussed. UNSD then met the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources and discussed the goals of the project. The future work of KNBS to develop environment statistics in the country was discussed during bilateral discussions on the last day.

The purpose of the three day workshop was, inter alia, to reunite the different stakeholders so that they could discuss the availability of environment statistics in the country, assess the need of and uses for environment statistics, and develop a national work plan for the way forward. In order to achieve this goal, the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) Part II was used by the participants in group work, so that they could then use it in their own institutions to have a complete view of the state of environment statistics in the country. Moreover, EAC was invited to anchor the mission in the region by making a presentation on the needs for environment statistics in the region, drafting a common national work plan to be applied to the five EAC member states and starting to think about a common set of environmental indicators to monitor regional policies. The representative of Statistics Sweden, which has a project including a module on environment statistics in Kenya, took part in all the mission's activities, including the drafting of the national work plan. This close collaboration between UNSD and Statistics Sweden will improve the coordination of their complementary activities and enhance the outcomes of the two projects in the country.

Rwanda (16-20 January 2017)


As per the other country missions, this one was also composed of bilateral consultations and a workshop. However the content of the activities was different. Indeed after the Opening regional workshop in Arusha, Tanzania (6-10 July 2015), Rwanda organized a national workshop by itself gathering the main stakeholders of environment statistics in the country. They used the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) Part II to assess the state of environment statistics in the country and define the priority for the development of new statistics. Therefore during the discussions with the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) the way forward will be examined and steps to be taken to streamline the production of environment statistics will be identified. Concerning the national workshop, participants will be asked to come with data and metadata to identify clearly the data gaps and align the national definitions to the international ones. EAC was invited to participate in the workshop and present the National Action Plan that it has developed for the countries.

Tanzania (23-27 January 2017)


As per the other country missions, this one was also composed of bilateral consultations and a workshop. The contents of both the bilateral consultations were similar to what had been done in the other countries; however the content of the workshop changed. As Tanzania had already created a working group on environment statistics and had completed the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) Part II, the workshop focused on linking the statistics of the Basic Set of Environment Statistics to the indicators of the National Environment Action Plan to facilitate their production. The participants also went through the environmentally-related SDG indicators metadata to familiar themselves with it and which statistics they already had and which statistics they needed to produce them. As for the other missions EAC was invited to participate in the workshop and present the National Action Plan that it has developed for the countries.

Burundi (20-24 March 2017)


As per the other country missions, it was also composed of bilateral consultations and a workshop. The contents of the workshop was similar to what had been done in Uganda and Kenya. However the assessment of the state of environment statistics in the country went a little bit further as Burundi had just launched its first compendium of environment statistics. EAC was also invited to participate in the workshop and present the National Action Plan that it has developed for the countries. Regarding the bilateral discussions, in addition to talk with the National Statistical Office as in the other countries, UNSD also met on the first day with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment. During these meetings the goals of the project were explained and both Permanent Secretaries expressed their strong appreciation of the work being carried out by UNSD as regards the project.

Regional workshops:


Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region, Arusha, Tanzania (27-31 March 2017)

DOCUMENTATION AND PRESENTATIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP

The workshop gathered some 35 participants from 5 countries, regional and international organizations (UNSD, UNECA, UNEP, EAC, AfDB) and training institution (Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC)).

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the progress in the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013), review national data availability for the environmentally-related SDG indicators and other international datasets, and finally develop a list of regional indicators. The countries reviewed a draft compendium of environment statistics comprised of international data and data already collected by EAC, compared them to national data, and assessed how the indicators could monitor the regional environmental policies. The compendium will be revised based on the results of group discussions and finalized during the closing sub-regional workshop. It was noted that environment statistics had gone a long way since the beginning of the project. Back in 2015, before the opening sub-regional workshop, there were only very few people in the NSOs working on environment statistics, but in two years the teams have become bigger. This can be seen in particular in the production of environment statistics.

Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region, Arusha, Tanzania (23-27 October 2017)

DOCUMENTATION AND PRESENTATIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP

The workshop will focus on discussing the progress in the implementation of the FDES 2013, finalizing a regional environment statistics compendium and finalizing a list of regional indicators based on EAC policies which will help countries prioritize their work to improve regional integration. The countries will present the results made in environment statistics during the project. They will also share their experiences by presenting the main challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Other topics related to environment statistics will be presented, such as climate change statistics.

Given UNSD's recent work with the EAC member states in conducting a Pilot Questionnaire on Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), a one-day Meeting focusing on E-Waste Statistics will be organized by UNU back-to-back with the Final Workshop and be held in Arusha, Tanzania on 28 October 2017. This meeting shall help improving data availability and quality in Africa.

Outputs

National Action Plan:


The goal of this project is to implement a National Action Plan in each EAC country. With the help of EAC, a common regional National Action Plan has been drafted and can now be adapted to the countries. Contained in the National Action Plan is the assessment of the state of environment statistics in the country using the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) Part II. For this purpose countries will need to organize committees on environment statistics, which has already been done in four of the five countries. If possible, the committees will meet regularly in the future to coordinate the work on environment statistics in the country and follow-up the implementation of the FDES.

Regional list of indicators:


The EAC countries share similar challenges in term of the environment. Therefore it is of tremendous importance to have a list of indicators that pertain to all five countries. Moreover they are all part of some regional treaties, and it is also important to have indicators to monitor these treaties. Part of the project consists of exchange of best practices in the implementation of the FDES 2013, but UNSD also wants to support a culture of collaboration between the countries by having them to work on similar indicators. Therefore the list of regional indicators is important.

Compendium of Environment Statistics:


It was not planned at the beginning of the project to have the countries producing a compendium of environment statistics. However after the first two national missions in Uganda and Kenya, UNSD noted that there was a strong demand for the production of compendia of environment statistics in the countries. Therefore UNSD is trying to help countries reaching their goal by giving them examples of compendia produced in other countries, reviewing draft compendia that they produce, and using the last two regional workshops as platforms of sharing of best practices. So far the progress has been very good. Back in 2015 no EAC member state was producing an environment statistics compendium, however in March 2017 two countries already have a compendium, two others are drafting one and the remaining country has a plan to launch one at the beginning of 2018.