About the Inform project
Download the Inform project brochure here for a summary of this information.
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The Inform project will help Pacific islands have reliable access to their own national datasets for environmental information, as well as a process and guide for information use standards. Capacity will be built to develop content that is then inputted into the reporting process. Additionally, the capacity of officers will be enhanced with regards to the best ways to share the information they have so it is well used by their decision makers and different communities. The information provided within the databases will also help policy development, monitoring and evaluation, and national planning.
Inform at our Pacific regional level
Inform’s work will help achieve a resilient Pacific environment, sustaining our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures. Inform also will help track all core priorities and the focus of SPREP for the next ten years, bringing about resilient and sustainable Pacific island communities. In Pacific island unity, the national iterations of the database will feed into a regional database for monitoring the state of the Pacific’s overall environment.
Inform at a global level
Inform will help Pacific islands better fulfill their reporting obligations under multiple Multilateral Environmental Agreements and contribute to reporting on Sustainable Development Goals.
Project components and expected results
The project helps generate new and existing environmental data and facilitates their use at national, regional, and global levels.
What is Inform?
Knowledge and understanding are important for driving and bringing about informed decision making. The project, Building National and Regional Capacity to Implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements by Strengthening Planning and the State of Environmental Assessment and Reporting in the Pacific, referred to as the Inform project, recognises the need for this data-driven decision making. The project will establish a Pacific island network of national and regional data repositories and reporting tools to support the monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of environmental information, which supports environmental planning, forecasting, and reporting requirements.
Over a four-year period from 2017–2021, Inform will work in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The project addresses 3 common problems and vulnerabilities in the Pacific island region:
- The need for historical and current evidence of the status and trends of various environmental resources and drivers of environmental change
- Challenges with information management, including the need for standard procedures for collecting and aggregating relevant environmental data
- Lack of timely access to available information by those who need it, including local technical staff, governments, or communities and citizens, for national and international reporting and planning, and most importantly, for sound and informed decision making
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Inform has 8 goals:
- Support legal, policy, and planning frameworks to enhance the collection and sharing of environmental data.
- Create a network of national and regional data repositories and tools to monitor the state of the Pacific’s environment.
- Strengthen Convention reporting, policy development, and monitoring and evaluation requirements for global, regional, and national environment statuses.
- Facilitate the use of environmental data for national planning and sustainable development.
- Generate data through planning and impact assessment processes.
- Assist Pacific islands with meeting national reporting requirements, including State of Environment reporting.
- Establish capacity to manage a network of national and regional databases at these two levels.
- Build the institutional capacities of Pacific island governments to share data, information, and knowledge to streamline reporting and informed decision making.
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Inform Project Inception Workshop
The Inform project hosted its inception workshop in November 2017 at SPREP's headquarters in Vailima, Samoa. During the week, the attendees from 14 countries discussed the project's goals and their specific needs for compiling and cataloguing data. Below are key takeaways from some attendees:
The Global Environment Facility contributes 4.3 million USD to the Inform project, which is implemented by UN Environment and executed by SPREP.