Environment Statistics is the basis for a wise framing of sustainable policies and Participatory Approaches strengthen the implementation of best practices and policies.
The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 has represented a milestone in data management, while harmonizing needs and results at the global level. However, several challenges still need to be faced, as for the constant lack of data and expertise in collecting data at the local level, and in assessment and dissemination.
Based on our experience, capacity building is crucial in enhancing environment statistics and an efficient cooperation among international organizations, research entities and local stakeholders is fundamental in developing SDGs and secure wise data management. Moreover, an open access to data should be guaranteed in order to enhance inclusiveness and promote knowledge sharing.
Participatory approaches, such as the Community Based Adaptation or the Participatory Poverty Assessment, have been used to enhance policies development and implementation and creating a positive environment for further implementation.
In our experience, Participatory Development Communication is important in enhancing community participation in development initiatives, especially where a country does not possess the necessary resources to guarantee the needs of the community in a sustainable development perspective. The active participation not only of decision-makers but also of end-users should be reinforced trough specific communication methodologies. Thus, communication should be chosen, analyzed and shaped accordingly to the characteristics of the subjects involved in the process in order to be effective and sustainable.