Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics 2013

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This multi-purpose conceptual and statistical framework provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics at the national level. Though recommended for use by countries at any stage of development, its primary objective is to guide countries at early stages in the development of their environment statistics programmes by: (i) delineating the scope of environment statistics and identifying its constituents; (ii) contributing to the assessment of data requirements, sources, availability and gaps; (iii) guiding the development of multipurpose data collection processes and databases; and (iv) assisting in the co-ordination and organization of environment statistics, given the inter-institutional nature of the domain. It adequately responds to the increasing demand for information in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.




This publication presents the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013), which is the revised version of the original FDES published in 1984 by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). The United Nations Statistical Commission, at its forty-first session (23-26 February 2010), endorsed a work programme and the establishment of an Expert Group for the revision of the FDES and the development of a Core Set of Environment Statistics, taking into account the scientific, political, technological, statistical and experience-based developments of recent decades.


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