Learning from Egypt's Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Systems

Author and Institution: 
Leila Hassanin, Independent Environmental Consultant

What follows is  a case study of a developing country trying to set up its M&R system, particularly with a view to meeting its UNFCCC obligations. The Egyptian experience shows that it is
relatively easy to set up the technical side of the system – the ICTs – but that this is not sufficient to ensure an efficient, integrated and sustainable tool for collecting, analysing and tracking climate change­ related data and indicators that support decision making. The difficulties faced by Egypt in setting up its general climate change M&R system are contrasted with the relative success of two much more specific environmental information systems which have some climate change relevance: one monitoring water quality, one monitoring air quality.