Environment and Agricultural Statistics

Two Hmong women take a break from carrying bamboo from one village to the next

In recent years, the United Nations Statistical Commission has overseen major new developments related to statistics on the environment and agriculture, including: revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013), revision of the System of-Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA 2012), adoption of International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES 2011), adoption of International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS 2010) and adoption of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural statistics (2009).

The Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics was utilised to develop a regional implementation plan for Asia and the Pacific, which was endorsed by the ESCAP Committee on Statistics in 2012.

The ESCAP Committee on Statistics in 2012 also endorsed the further development of a regional strategy for improvement of environment statistics. A primary objective for this area of work will be to provide assistance to governments in Asia and the Pacific with implementation of the current agreed international standards and recommendations.

Decisions about development investments that are intended to foster agricultural growth need to be based on sound information about land use, natural factors affecting agricultural production, and the prevailing economic and social situations that producers face, and the interaction of these issues with climate change.