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A useful and easy-to-access guide, designed to help SPREP member countries implement and track environmental indicators, has been launched.

The Environmental Indicators for Pacific Island Countries guidebook, which explains the development and use of environmental indicators and provides a summary of each of the 34 core indicators across six broad themes, was launched by SPREP Director-General, Mr Kosi Latu, and the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office, Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, last week.
  
The virtual launch was hosted by the Inform project, which is a five-year project funded by the Global Environment Fund and UNEP. It is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

An environmental indicator is a measurement that provides insight into a matter of larger environmental significance. They quantify information so its significance is readily apparent and so that trends can be determined over time. They also simplify complex phenomena which help in communicating messages to decision-makers and the public. 

Through the Inform project, SPREP programmes contributed to the development of 34 indicators that were endorsed by Members at the 2018 SPREP Meeting. These indicators are intended for use in State of Environment Reports and other reporting obligations.

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Mr Sefanaia Nawadra will officially begin his duties on 4 April 2022. Mr Kosi Latu, has had his contract extended to 3 April 2022, and will continue to serve as the Director General until Mr Nawadra assumes his new role. 

Environmental Indicators guidebook for the Pacific launched