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AMCEN and UNEP Mandates

 
The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) called for, in declaration 13 at the 9th regular session, for the establishment of "the Africa Environment Information Network to promote access to, and harmonisation of data in the Africa region, and act as a basis for tracking environmental changes using quantitative indicators focusing on national needs . In this respect AEIN is designed, first and foremost, to build capacity for integrated environmental assessments and reporting at the country level. As an outcome of this capacity building activity, AEIN will provide data and information support to the AEO process. AEIN will thus directly support the AEO production process, and will provide regular support to the implementation of AMCEN's programmes.

Mandates

The AEIN initiative is a direct outcome of the AEO preparation process which has been mandated by AMCEN “to build capacity for establishing the essential data foundation needed to support country-level sustainable development initiatives, focusing on integrated environmental assessment and reporting.”


Decision 6, 11th AMCEN session

Decide:

(a) To request the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme to continue mobilizing financial support for capacity-building through the Africa Environment Outlook and the Africa Environment Information Network processes and to support the production of the third Africa Environment Outlook report as one of the main components of the programme of work of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment;

(b) To call upon Governments to mainstream the findings and policy options identified by the second Africa Environment Outlook report when formulating and implementing their national environmental programmes;

( c) To endorse the proposal for the extension of the Africa Environment Information Network from 12 to 38 countries in Africa to promote data access, sharing and harmonization in the Africa region;

(d) To call upon the United Nations Environment Programme to extend further the Africa Environment Information Network to cover all countries in Africa;

(e) To call upon Governments to undertake regular national integrated environmental assessments, using Africa Environment Outlook methodologies, to provide input into national reporting processes, making use of the comprehensive Landsat data distributed by the United Nations Environment Programme and data available through other initiatives in Africa, to ensure that the environment is mainstreamed into national plans, including poverty reduction strategy papers.
 

Declaration 22, 10th AMCEN session

Note with appreciation the implementation of the Africa Environment Information Network at national, sub-regional and regional levels, to strengthen access to reliable environmental data and information in Africa
 

Declaration 21, 10th AMCEN session

Reaffirm our endorsement of the Africa Environment Outlook process as a monitoring and reporting tool for sustainable environmental management and to provide a framework for national, sub-regional and regional integrated environmental assessment and reporting, as well as strengthening the role of African universities in environmental assessment and reporting
 

Declaration 13, 9th AMCEN session

To endorse the proposal for the establishment of a comprehensive environmental information network to promote access and harmonization of data in the African region and act as a basis for tracking environmental changes using quantitative indicators focusing on national needs
 

Declaration 12, 9th AMCEN session

Endorse the Africa Environment Outlook process as a monitoring and reporting tool for sustainable environmental management and to provide a framework for national and sub-regional integrated environmental assessment and reporting
 

Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building, para 3, (a), (vi)/ para 22 and 23

"the need to strengthen national capacities for data collection, research, analysis, monitoring and integrated environmental assessment; developing institutional capacities, staff training and support for appropriate and adaptable technologies and methodologies; support for assessments of environmental issues of regional and sub-regional importance and for the assessment and early warning of emerging environmental issues; support for scientific exchanges and for the establishment of environmental and inter disciplinary information networks; and promotion of coherent partnership approaches"
 

UNEP Decision 23/6/9

Requests the Executive Director to establish a process of developing the fourth Global Environment Outlook as an integrated assessment of the global environment which involves Governments and builds upon national, sub-regional and regional information, assessments and experiences, in consultation with United Nations Environment Programme national focal points through the regional offices of the United Nations Environment Programme, strengthening as appropriate sub-regional and regional capacities


UNEP Decision 22/1/1C

Supporting sub-global integrated environmental assessment processes, including the production of regional, sub-regional and national environment outlook reports, in partnership with relevant authorities and institutions