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Networks & Partnerships

In West Asia, integrated environmental assessments are not integrated in policy formulation and environmental management. The region lacks a network of specialised partner institutions and expertise that could help build sustainable capacities for integrated environmental assessment and early warning at national, sub-regional and regional levels, to support decision making.

UNEP is working to strengthen the capacities of national and regional institutions in West Asia to conduct/participate and produce policy relevant integrated environmental assessments.

Arab Region Environmental Information Network (AREIN)

The establishment of AREIN was in response to the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) Decision 292-d.a 20-22/12/2007. The framework of the network includes CAMRE, with its supporting technical body the Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) as a steering body, and a Secretariat that includes the League of Arab States (LAS), UNEP, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI).

The framework also includes a Regional Data Working Group, comprised of governments (environment agencies and statistical bureaus), regional and international agencies serving the region, selected NGOs, regional Fora and intergovernmental bodies. The group, which meets on a regular basis, is split into two sub-groups; one overseeing sustainable development indicators, and the other providing guidance on regional environmental information networking.