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ASSESSMENT REPORTS
In 1994, UNEP initiated a program to support environment assessment reporting and data management capacities in countries with economies in transition in Central and Eastern Europe. This includes identification of needs and the formulation of project proposals to meet these needs. With partner agencies and other donors, UNEP seeks to leverage finances to correct any imbalances. This activity is a part of UNEP's global ENRIN (Environment and Natural Resources Networking) program, which is a direct follow-up of Agenda 21, chapter 40 on information for decision-making. This chapter underlines that there is a need for easily accessible environmental information at all levels, from that of senior environmental decision-makers to the grass roots. An agreement has been made with the GRID-Arendal center in Norway for implementation of the ENRIN program in Central and Eastern Europe.
The UNEP/GRID-Arendal Workshop "National Environmental Reporting Needs and Capabilities in the Baltic States: The Roles of Information Networks, Information Centers and GIS" held in Jäneda, Estonia from March 23 - 24, 1995 was organized to follow-up the interest the program has met in the Baltic States. The workshop was attended by 30 participants: Government representatives from each of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and representatives from international organizations (UNEP/GRID-Arendal, EEA, US EPA, CIESIN).
This report presents the results of the workshop together with the initial analyses in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It is intended to distill and present promising avenues of cooperation, stimulate discussion and promote international consensus on the way ahead. It also seeks to attract other partners to this important venture of ensuring true international cooperation in stimulating cooperative action on issues affecting our shared resources.