Providing environmental information systems

Improving environmental information systems
Modern environmental information systems combine the latest sensor and monitor technologies with data transfer, data base developments, quality assurance, statistical and numerical models and advanced computer platforms for processing, distribution and presenting data and model results. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are important tools, particularly for the presentation of data.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

Agenda 21 recommends that countries and international organizations should review and strengthen information systems and services in sectors related to sustainable development, at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Special emphasis should be placed on the transformation of existing information into forms more useful for decision-making and on targeting information at different user groups. Mechanisms should be strengthened or established for transforming scientific and socio-economic assessments into information suitable for both planning and public information. Electronic and non-electronic formats should be used.

The special interest group [Environmental Information (FID/EI)] of the International Federation for Information and Documentation is concerned with the advancement of environmental information services.
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal