Learning from Egypt's Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Systems
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.