Division of Environmental Law and Conventions


The MEA IKM Initiative

The MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. The Initiative is facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme. The MEA Steering Committee meets annually and provides strategic direction. Its Working Group meets periodically during the year and is responsible for the technical implementation of projects.

What is InforMEA?

InforMEA is the first project established by this Initiative. InforMEA harvests COP decisions and resolutions, news, events, MEA membership, national focal points, national reports and implementation plans from MEA secretariats and organizes this information around a set of agreed terms.


The MEA IKM initiative currently includes 43 international and regional legally binding instruments from 17 Secretariats hosted by three UN organizations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Initiative invites and welcomes the participation of observers involved with MEA data and information, such as the Environmental Management Group (EMG), IUCN, World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN – Columbia University)