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The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) on Monday organized training for statisticians and experts from the five East African states, in an effort towards empowering them with detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary approaches to environment statistics.

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The workshop is one of the activities of the United Nations Development Account project dubbed “Supporting member states in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable environment statistics”.

Speaking at the five-day training, UNSD official Reena Shah called on East African nations to heavily embark into strengthening national capacities on methodologies for collection and compilation of environment statistics.
The UN official implored the need for countries to strengthen their national statistical systems because of its importance in scaling up environment statistics.

“Ad hoc data collections without the countries’ involvement will not provide sustainable statistical programs. It is also important to bring together the various sectors in a unified and coordinated statistical system to improve monitoring,” Shah said.

The UN official encouraged countries to establish robust and coherent national strategies for their data needs on environment statistics.
“These strategies should be based on the countries’ environmental concerns and the requirements of international and regional commitments,” Shah said.

Marco Gambamale, an EAC statistician, commended UNSD for extending the training support on environmental statistics to the EAC region.
“This has come at the time when the trading bloc lacks sound and reliable methodology for collection and compilation of environmental statistics,” he said.

Albina Chuwa, Tanzania’s director general of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), suggested the need for East African countries to allocate more financial resources in statistics, because of its socioeconomic importance to the region.

“There is a lot to be done including training more human resources, equipment and financial support is highly needed to foster production of environmental statistics in order to assist our policy makers, planners and program managers within EAC to evidence-based policy and decision-making in all levels,” Chuwa said. Enditem

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