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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment



Informed-decision-making requires integrated, relevant, timely and easy accessible information and its appropriate assessment. To achieve this, adequate monitoring programmes, data and information management systems, assessment and reporting routines and methods have to be in place. The UNECE Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme assists member States in working with environmental data and information to ensure their timely flow and adequate assessment. In this way, the Programme helps enable informed decision-making processes, both nationally and internationally, in the environmental sector.

In focus

At the Seventh Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Astana, 2011) it was decided to develop a Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) across the pan-European region. During the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia, in June 2016 progress in achieving the SEIS was reviewed, including a discussion of the main achievements and challenges and the way forward. Preparations are now underway for the Ninth Ministerial Conference, being held in Nicosia in October 2022, when Ministers expect to hear whether SEIS has been fully established across Europe and Central Asia.


The final review of the establishment of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) in Europe and Central Asia is now underway. The Working Group will examine the draft review in May 2021.

The seventh pan-European environmental assessment is also being prepared in advance of the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference.

A United Nations Development Account project is helping to improve environmental monitoring and assessment in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within the project five capacity- development webinars in support of SDG reporting were conducted. The last webinar took place in May 2021 and focused on informing biodiversity restoration policies.