In Togo, despite significant progress in protecting the environment, major challenges remain. The availability of reliable quantitative and qualitative data on the environment was identified as a prerequisite for effective and efficient decision-making processes and operational mechanisms for the preservation and sustainable management of the environment.
In response to the lack of environmental information amid little or no coordination between environmental data producers, Togo’s Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection (MESDNP) along with the Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDB Institute) together with Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) partnered to support the establishment of an environmental data ecosystem. This will help meet the information needs of policy makers and other users on the changing state of the environment as a whole and its impact on people’s lives and natural resources.
The study on the data ecosystem of the SDGs has revealed that environmental statistics are practically non-existent. The rare data that do exist are still very sparse, unreliable and difficult to access. To produce valid environmental statistics, there is a need for specialized statistical and environmental skills, scientific knowledge, institutional development capacities and enough resources.
In this context, a series of recommendations have been made to enhance the overall environmental data ecosystem with a view to overcoming the data deficiencies and facilitating effective and efficient evidence-based decision-making.