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)

Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)[Portuguese] *

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

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

The Statistical Commission, at its 44th session (New York, 26 February - 1 March 2013) endorsed the revised 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 (Blueprint for Action) and the establishment of an Expert Group on Environment Statistics.

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



* The translations have been provided voluntarily by institutions external to the United Nations