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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. At the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Nicosia in October 2022, Ministers heard that SEIS had been established across Europe and Central Asia.


The final review of the establishment of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) in Europe and Central Asia was completed in 2021 and the report launched in 2022.

The seventh pan-European environmental assessment was launched at the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference.