The ACP Environmental Observatory is an information portal that supports European Commission (EC) services and ACP Group of States stakeholders in their decision-making processes related to development policies and programmes in the area of sustainable development. In this way it also assists the long-term cooperation and dialogue within the ACP-EC partnership.
The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest donor of official development assistance, and the European Commission (EC) plays an important role in the formulation and implementation of development policies and programmes. Cooperation between the ACP Group of States and the EU has been active for over 50 years, now covering 79 countries with an estimated total population of over 700 million people, and the ACP Group is a major trade partner of the EU and recipient of EU development assistance.
The ACP Environmental Observatory is a web portal, managed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), which provides access to information on themes related to sustainable development in the ACP Group of States. The portal helps the European Commission and other users to evaluate, monitor and report on the status and trends of environment and development in the ACP countries. The portal will also make available information on relevant projects, past and present, of a wide range of donors and actors to allow users to identify and monitor relevant activities in the ACP countries.
The target audience of the ACP Observatory includes the Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DEVCO) Directorate-General of the European Commission, European External Action Service, EU Member States, ACP Secretariat, ACP Member States, and the wider development and environment community.
The ACP Observatory specifically seeks to support EuropeAid in the different stages of the cycle of operations for EC development cooperation. These stages include programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EC development cooperation. All these stages require country-level information on status and trends of development and environment together with information on relevant projects of a wide range of donors and actors.
The ACP Observatory delivers such information in the format of data, maps, indicators and additional resources (e.g. publications and weblinks), obtained from both within the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and external sources such as The World Bank, UNDP, UNEP and FAO.
It is expected that this information can facilitate the effective integration of the environment in EC development cooperation for example in the preparation and/or revision of Country Environmental Profiles (CEPs) and Country Strategy Papers (CSPs).
The information in the ACP Observatory is primarily organized by country in a number of themes. A wide range of development and environment topics, including human population, poverty, natural resources and conservation, is currently grouped into the following themes:
- Land and Inland Water
- Coastal and Marine
- Atmosphere and Climate
- Natural Hazards
- Human Presence
- Food Security
The ACP Observatory delivers data, maps, indicators and other resources for a selected country in a selected theme. It also highlights relevant JRC work in this area (see icons at top of each theme page). More information on data sources, publications and weblinks are available from the Resources menu.
The ACP Observatory is work in progress and will be further developed in consultation with EuropeAid and other partners.
We welcome everyone’s feedback on the ACP Observatory. Please use our contact form to report problems, errors and omissions, and let us know of other relevant data, maps or indicators that should be integrated here.