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International Recommendations for Water Statistics

International Recommendations for Water Statistics
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Statistics Division. April 2012
  • The recommendations included in this report were developed to assist countries establish and strengthen information systems for water, which in turn support the design and evaluation of better water policies. In particular, these recommendations support the collection, compilation and dissemination of internationally comparable water statistics in countries, as well as the implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water). They also provide the necessary information for deriving coherent and consistent indicators, enabling comparisons over time and between countries from an agreed list of data items, and consolidate the experiences and practices of countries and international organizations in water statistics. The report is organized in two parts. Part one, "International recommendations", provides the main concepts on water statistics, including definitions and classifications of statistical units related to water and a list of recommended data items that countries are encouraged to compile. Part two, "Guidelines for implementation", provides general guidelines on the collection and compilation of water statistics, in particular as regards data sources, data quality, data-collection strategies and dissemination.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Environment, Information and data, Monitoring, Valuation
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Economists, Stakeholders, Statistical community
  • Main purpose: Guidance
  • Type of resource: Guidebook, Indicators, Methodology, Recommendations
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Published in 2015