Relevant and accessible information based on sound knowledge and facts is a cornerstone of integrated environmental assessment. Without a strong evidence base government, civil society and the public at large are not in a position to make informed decisions that take essential environmental and human well-being issues into account.
By the time you begin to develop data and indicators, you will likely have gone through the processes of planning the IEA, identifying lines of responsibility, clarifying key issues and identifying target audiences. Data development is an integral part of the implementation of integrated environmental assessment.
This training module is a practical guide to information tools, with emphasis on monitoring, data and indicators. Key concepts, techniques, benefits and constraints are explored in areas of monitoring, data collections, indicator and indices and analysis, through readings, exercises and examples.
At the end of this course you will:
- understand the roles and uses of data, indicators and indices in integrated environmental assessment;
- know how to develop strategies for collecting and validating data;
- understand how indicators and indices are developed and used;
- be able to analyze indicators and indices based on outcomes; and
- be able to communicate and present statistical and map-based data visually.