Support to the science base of UNEP's work on RE/SCP, scarcity and environmental impacts by developing targeted knowledge management support and establishing improved access to relevant data sources, and by contributing to the development and inclusion of relevant data and indicators for the International Resource Panel, the Life Cycle and Green Economy initiatives and others. Where possible these data and indicators will be made available through the UNEP Environmental Data Explorer at global and regional level as well as the UNEP-Live system under construction.
Identification, compilation, and publishing of datasets and indicators that are related to resource efficiency and scarcity at a global level and for selected sub-regions and countries. Development of online targeted knowledge management products such as geographic mapping applications, graphical summary of data, and tracking tools that visually summarize data and core indicators for resource efficiency and scarcity. Tracking of resource scarcities requires data for both resource availability and consumption trends. Examples of sectors to be tracked include freshwater consumption and water availability; land degradation and sustainable forestry; energy consumption and production; and metals use and minerals extraction. Tracking will also account for the gross import and export of raw material between countries and regions. Using interagency and international coordination mechanisms and arrangements with key data partners and networks, the necessary datasets will be obtained and data sets will be integrated into existing data portal formats. Where possible the data, indicators, and associated products compiled and developed through this component will be used in generating Environmental Alerts and content development of Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook reports, as well as for applying visual tools used in training modules and manuals for capacity building.