UN “Conference on Environment and Development” in its guiding document “Agenda 21”, Chapter 40 on information for decision-making stated the need for better accessibility to environmental information and improved capacity for information management. In the frame of UNEP a global network of co-operating centres is providing an information for decision-making process at all levels - from UN bodies, national governments to different institutions and general public. UNEP/GRID- Arendal Centre in Norway is implementing the environmental information networking process in Central and Eastern European Countries (Environmental Information Systems in Georgia).
Briefly on SoE-Georgia, 1996”
This report is the result of efforts for establishment of national environmental information network initiated on Kazbegi Workshop, Georgia, 2-4 October, 1995. Representatives from different governmental agencies, scientific and development institutions, NGO’s participate in this report by providing data and information. It is based also on first “National Report, 1993”, prepared by Ministry of Environment of Georgia.
Data collection, analyse and design are conducted by Georgian Geoinformation Centre (G.info). All activities were co-ordinated by Ministry of Environment of Georgia with co-operation and support of UNEP/GRID-Arendal Centre in Norway.
“SoE-Georgia, 1996” is prepared under impression from “SoE-Norway”, first digital report of this kind (presented by UNEP/GRID-Arendal at the UNCED, Rio, 1992). Next version of “SoE-Georgia” is planned to “build” using environmental indicators according to the “Pressure-State-Impact- Response” concept.
Program Manager for Central and Eastern Europe
Ministry of Environment of Georgia