The FDES provides guidance on a core set of environmental indicators that has proven beneficial to inform policy. It is designed to assist all countries in articulating environment statistics programmes by:

  1. delineating the scope of environment statistics and identifying its constituents;
  2. contributing to the assessment of data requirements, sources, availability and gaps;
  3. guiding the development of multipurpose data collection processes and databases; and
  4. assisting in coordination and organization across institutions.

The FDES (Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics) describes the scope and components of environment statistics as measuring:

  • The state of the environment
  • Our dependence on the environment
  • Our impact on it
  • Its impact on us (even negative ones)
  • How we protect and manage it