The demand for environment statistics is increasing in tandem with the ongoing environmental challenges faced by modern societies, such as population pressure, energy issues, sustainable development and climate change. The environment is ever more present in public policies and development plans. With its many islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Caribbean is no exception, and neither is Curaçao.
The realization that human wellbeing and development depends on the environment has led to an increasing emphasis on environmental and sustainability concerns (e.g. the 2013 report on Strategies for Sustainable Long Term Economic Development1 and the National Development Plan Curaçao 2015) on which decisions and actions need to be taken. Of paramount importance to these actions is the regular production of environment statistics of the highest quality. These statistics portray key information about the state of the environment and its changes through time. Furthermore, they give information to organizations, students and the public, and can be used as input and support for factbased policymaking. As in other developing countries and SIDS, environment statistics represent a new and emerging domain which is typically endowed with limited (technical, financial and human) resources and is challenged by an institutional setup and inter-institutional coordination that are still in development.Download PDF