At the Seventh Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Astana, 2011), ministers decided to develop a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) across the pan-European region to connect existing databases and make data more accessible.SEIS facilitates regular environmental assessments and reporting. It links existing data and information flows relevant for national authorities in their monitoring and assessment activities by means of information and communication technologies.
According to the SEIS principles information should be:
Managed as close as possible to its source.
Collected once and shared with others for many purposes.
Readily available to easily fulfil reporting obligations.
Easily accessible to all users.
Accessible to enable comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale and the participation of citizens.
Fully available to the general public and at national level in the relevant national language(s).
Supported through common, free, open software standards.
In October 2013 the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy at its nineteenth session reviewed progress in establishing SEIS, based on reports and notes prepared by European Environment Agency. The Committee reviewed the development of SEIS effectiveness and the targets and performance indicators to measure progress on SEIS development across the region. Later, the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, at its sixteenth session (Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 April 2015), decided that SEIS should facilitate access to data and information produced in common formats and standards, as defined by 67 data sets grouped across seven thematic areas.
- New targets and performance
In June 2016, during the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia), ministers reviewed progress in establishing SEIS, including the main achievements and challenges and the way forward. The report on progress in establishing SEIS in support of regular reporting in the pan-European region sums up all the work accomplished since the start of SEIS monitoring.
- ENI SEIS II East project
On 1 February 2016, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the ENI SEIS II East project together with the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The project is funded by the European Union. The objective of ENI SEIS II East is to continue the implementation of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) principles and practices in the Eastern partnership countries. The project is managed by the EEA because of its extensive experience in facilitating cooperation and developing expertise through the European Environmental Information System and Observation Network (Eionet).
A common UNECE-EEA-UNEP approach, in support of national, regional and global reporting on the state of the environment, has been agreed and promoted since 2015. The regular high-level discussions between the UNECE, EEA and UNEP reflect a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to establish a regular assessment and reporting process across Europe and Central Asia, in support of SEIS. ENI SEIS II East builds on the synergies between the three partners.
For more information about ENI SEIS II please visit the project website: http://eni-seis.eionet.europa.eu/east
In the period from May 2017 to April 2019, UNECE supported the implementation of the ENI SEIS II project through a Contribution agreement to "support production and regular update of the regional set of indicators and strengthening environmental statistics and indicators in the six Eastern Partnership countries Under ENI SEIS II East project". This project was funded by the European Union.
The project resulted in an extended analytical report on the current status of production, sharing and use of UNECE environmental indicators in the EU Eastern Partnership countries. In addition, an overview report on the production, sharing and use of UNECE environmental indicators in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus was prepared, summarizing three assessments carried out in 2018.
A follow-up Contribution agreement on "Regular production of the regional set of environmental indicators and implementation of UN SEEA and UN FDES in the six Eastern Partnership countries under ENI SEIS II East project" was also funded by the European Union.
The table below presents additional information gathered under the projects.
Availability of environmental indicators in the six countries
Country Links Armenia
www.armmonitoring.am (suspended account)
(no Total protected areas by IUCN category)
Azerbaijan Belarus (1)
National Statistical Committee:
Republican Centre for Hydrometeorology, Control of Radioactive Pollution and Environmental Monitoring:
National Environmental Monitoring System:
National Environmental Agency:
Republic of Moldova (1)
National Bureau of Statistics:
Republic of Moldova (2)
State Hydrometeorological Service:
Republic of Moldova (3) Ukraine
Website of the "Boris Sreznevsky" Central Geophysical Observatory (no link provided)
(no Ground-level ozone)
- SEIS Cookbook
The ‘SEIS cookbook’ was prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is a guide to understanding the concept of Shared Environmental Information System. It is a living document, which is continuously updated with new examples as technology develops and new systems to support sharing of environmental information are introduced.The bulk of the cookbook is devoted to case studies which show national and international implementation of SEIS elements, including at the EEA. These examples are collectively used to identify an emerging set of common trends, methods, tools and lessons which have been integrated into the ‘SEIS checklist’. The checklist can be used as a self-assessment tool to measure progress and identify areas that need further development.
SEIS Cookbook 2nd edition (2015): English
- Mid-term review of progress
At the Batumi Conference in 2016, ministers asked the Committee on Environmental Policy to carry out a mid-term review of the Conference outcomes in 2018. Accordingly, the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, with suppoort from the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators, developed a SEIS assessment framework on the basis of which the secretariat issued a questionnaire to countries across the pan-European region. On the basis of the completed questionnaires, received from countries, the secretariat drafted a mid-term review repor, which the Working Group adjusted and adopted.
Full report (was issued in December 2018 for 24th session of the Committee on Environmental Policy)
- Country factsheets
The country factsheets provide an overview on the status of implementation of SEIS in 2018.
They were produced with financial support by the Russian Federation and presented at the 20th session of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
Country English Russian Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Republic of Moldova Russian Federation Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
- United Nations Development Account project 2018-2021
The project "Improved environmental monitoring and assessment in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus" is being implemented in the period 2018-2021 by UNECE in cooperation with UNEP. The target countries are Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia and Tajikistan. See the project leaflet and more extensive brief.
Events: Regional Conference on Environmental Data (May 2019) and Webinar on health-relevant air quality data informing policy and the public (December 2020).
Gap analysis: current state and development of SEIS (2019) Roadmap (draft, to be developed in national workshops) Country English Russian English Russian Armenia Bosnia and Herzegovina - - Georgia - - Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan North Macedonia - - Tajikistan