Establishing Albania’s Environmental Information Management and Monitoring System Aligned with Global Environmental Reporting

Establishing Albania’s Environmental Information Management and Monitoring System Aligned with Global Environmental Reporting

Source of funding

United Nations

Name of client/donor

UNDP Albania

Overall project value

EUR 83,703

Date

August 2016 – July 2018

Beneficiary countries

Albania

Number of staff

6

The project addresses the need for an environmental monitoring system that is integrated throughout relevant government institutions and that uses international monitoring standards for indicator development, data collection, analysis and policy making. The project builds on existing technical and institutional capacity in Albania to align management and monitoring efforts with global monitoring and reporting priorities. Increased capacity in this area will improve reporting to the Rio conventions and lay the groundwork for sustainable development through better-informed environmental policy.

Specific objectives are to:

  • present recommendations on how best to provide environmental information to local communities, taking into account gender differences in employment and civic participation;
  • provide a simplified report based on environmental indicators for the general public;
  • carry out a data assessment (information management) survey of governmental agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs); and
  • pilot a community-based monitoring programme at local level.

The project is designed to strengthen capacities for environmental monitoring and information management in Albania by establishing an operational environmental information management and monitoring system (EIMMS) with a focus on biodiversity, land degradation and climate change. The goal of the EIMMS is to enable the integration of global environment commitments into planning and monitoring processes.

Uniform indicators will be developed encompassing concerns related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification, as well as global environmental threats.

Stakeholder capacity for information management and for the collection, processing and use (interpretation and reporting) of key global environmental data will be enhanced at national and local level.

  • Undertaking research and developing recommendations on how best to provide environmental information to local communities, taking into account gender differences in terms of employment and civic participation in order to ensure gender-sensitive recommendations for the community use of environmental data.
  • Providing the public with a simplified indicator-based report (such as the State of the Environment Report, the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and the National Action Plan on Land Degradation) to ensure that information on environmental issues that are interlinked with the community reach all members of the population, especially the most vulnerable.
  • Conducting a data assessment (information management) survey, including the identification of high-priority data needs, with particular attention to data relevant to the Rio conventions and European Environment Agency requirements for government agencies.
  • Conducting a data assessment survey of CSOs and compiling a training needs assessment of both CSOs and educational institutions involved in environmental issues and environmental education linked to community-based monitoring actions.
  • Piloting a community-based monitoring programme at local level to ensure that planned activities involve both women and men.
  • Capacity building
  • Reporting
  • Information dissemination
  • Data collection and assessment