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AEIN Activity Areas

The AEIN implementation strategy focuses on three key platforms, which define project activity areas:

Enhancing Analytical Capacity
Capacity building for harnessing professional skills and methodologies for analysing data and generating policy-oriented and targeted environmental information, and for integrating such information into sustainable development decision making; The core objective of AEIN is to build national-level capacity for integrating environmental information into decision-making and policy formulation. Capacity building activities in this respect focus on integrated environmental assessment and reporting, addressing skills and methodologies for policy analysis, multi-scale/temporal data analysis, and the production of indicator-based national and sub-regional assessments and SoE reports, and providing inputs into the AEO process. Tools and methodologies that have been developed within the SoE/AEO/GEO frameworks will serve as the basis for these activities.

Training will focus on quantitative and qualitative analysis of environmental trends and underlying driving forces, the evaluation of policies related to the environment, and the assessment of policy options in the context of integrated future scenarios.

Enhancing Environmental Information Networking
Supporting and catalysing networking and the development of the infrastructure and support mechanisms for a comprehensive and harmonised national sustainable development data foundation. The AEIN focus in this regard will be on core datasets for integrated environmental assessments and reporting; and

Information Packaging and Dissemination
Using information and communication technologies (ICT) to manage data and information, and to facilitate access to information , and also to communicate this information to decision makers at various levels of society, as well as the wider public.