ECO-IEST participated in the 16th WGEMA meeting
WGEMA Meeting in IstanbulECO-IEST: The 16th meeting of the UNECE Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA), jointly organized by United Nations Environment Programee (UNEP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is happening in Istanbul and ECO-IEST has been invited to participate as an observer in this meeting, as an opportunity to exchange the experience in two regions.

Officials in ECE countries dealing with environmental monitoring and assessment, in addition to International forums and networks — such as the European Environment Agency (EEA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Statistics Division, the World Health Organization
European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO/ECEH), relevant multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), especially those of ECE, the Global Earth Observation
System of Systems (GEOSS) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) are present at this meeting. 

The Working Group is mandated to involve experts from statistical agencies, relevant services and major groups in its activities and is organized back to back with the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Regional Conference (Istanbul, 13–15 April 2015) in order to rationalize resources and to forge mutual benefits.

WGEMA Meeting in Istanbul

According to the website of the UNECE, regular environmental or environment-related assessment reports, reviews and outlooks are prepared in connection with high-level conferences and meetings to better understand the state of affairs and the progress made towards established goals, as well as to agree on further priorities and measures necessary to safeguard the environment and improve human well-being. The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), when established, should support and facilitate the preparation of regular, good quality assessment reports, reviews and outlooks. The Working Group is considering the components of such documents, and the needs for the related underpinning data and information. 

The Working Group’s considerations will be submitted to the second meeting of the Group of Friends of SEIS (Geneva, 11 May 2015), which has been mandated to provide advice on how the regular assessment process should be organized and shaped, taking into consideration the benefits of SEIS.

WGEMA Meeting in Istanbul