In response and at the request of the Interim Secretariat of the Tehran Convention, UNEP/GRID-Arendal – in close cooperation and consultation with the designated Environmental Information Officers (EIOs) of the five Caspian littoral states – established the Caspian Environmental Information Centre (CEIC).This was in direct support of Article 19.5 of the Tehran Convention: the establishment of a centralized database and information management system.
The objective of the CEIC is to make reliable and high-quality data available to decision- makers and, as appropriate, to the public at large. The information provided by the CEIC is organized along the structure and information provided by the Unified Reporting Format (URF) for the Tehran Convention and its protocols, and the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) for the Caspian Sea. It also serves as the basis for the State of the Environment reporting under the Convention.
The CEIC aims at:
- Supporting the national reporting to the Tehran convention on the basis of the Unified Reporting Format;
- Supporting the cooperation and data exchange between the stakeholders in the Caspian region at the national and sub-national levels;
- Supporting the provision of the reliable and high-quality data;
- Standardizing and acting as an authoritative source for baseline data sets relevant to the protection of the marine environment of the Caspian sea, obtained in the context of the EMP;
- Contributing to the awareness raising and information exchange between and dissemination to the stakeholders;
- Providing and organizing the data and information for regular State of the Environment Reporting;
- Improving the regional cooperation and data exchange on the protection of the marine environment of the Caspian Sea in partnership with other data collection and reporting systems in the region.
- The CEIC is based on a network of collaborating institutions in Caspian littoral states, in particular Government sections, monitoring stations, the private sector and NGOs, all coordinated through the EIOs.