United Nations Environment Programme environment for development

Data & Indicators

The availability of reliable, accessible and comprehensible data sets is not only instrumental to UNEP's assessment and early warning activities, but is essential for the improved management of the environment and the maintenance of ecosystem health.


Countries of the West Asia region are at different stages in terms of existing initiatives, programs, projects, systems and networks regarding environmental data. In general, environmental data and information in the region does not meet current and future needs.


Working with partners in the region, UNEP is working to facilitate the harmonisation of data collection and improve access to environmental information throughout the region. It supports the development of environmental information systems at the national and sub-regional levels.

UNEPLive: A System-Wide Approach To Keeping The Environment Under Review


UNEPLive is a web-based platform to:

  • facilitate the exchange and sharing of up-to-date data, information, assessments and knowledge amongst member countries, research networks, communities of practice, indigenous peoples and society, in order to keep the environment and emerging issues under review.
  • provide open access to national and regional information and global datasets
  • provide a range of big-data, visualisation, mapping and publishing tools via local and cloud services
  • underpin UNEP's role as UNEA's information and knowledge service provider especially in the delivery of information and evidence to support the SDGs and post 2015 agenda

UNEPLive will provide a system-wide data-knowledge service, a consistent approach to community networking and knowledge synthesis, an Information Communications Technology governance strategy and a comprehensive data policy for external and internal use. It will achieve this by:

  • enlarging the knowledge base for global environmental policy through community networking
  • encouraging and supporting greater community networking;
  • embracing new developments in information and communication technologies and enhancing knowledge service delivery through improved translation and search functions; improving access to its information and knowledge services using distributed computing
  • widening the use of its services through clear strategies for governance and data use that reflects the general principles of streamlining, sharing and access
  • involving staff and experts from across UNEP, the MEAs and other UN organisations and national institutions, plus regional and global environmental change programmes and assessments.