Strengthening environmental statistics in Zambia


In partnership with the Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Statistics Sweden (SCB), PARIS21 presented the results and key learnings of the joint pilot in Zambia titled "Operationalising CD 4.0 in Zambia: Strengthening environmental statistics in the national statistical system (NSS)" on 16 June.


Background report


Representatives of all four project partners gathered alongside international participants from the Statistics Bureau Lesotho, The Gambia Bureau of Statistics and the World Bank.

The pilot project aimed to strengthen the national statistical office (NSO) in its capacity to understand the needs of environmental statistics’ users, such as policy makers, private sector representatives, journalists, academia, civil society organisations and development partners in the country. Zambia currently develops their second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). To measure the performance of government activities related to climate change and the environment, timely, granular and accurate environmental statistics are required. Moreover, many user groups lack the means and skills to access and interpret such data.

To foster this understanding and subsequently improve the quality and availability of environmental statistics, the activity focused on two key questions: Which environmental statistics are needed? How can they be most effectively provided by the statistical system? In doing so, this project contributed to a better understanding of environmental statistics and, thus, to improved environmental policies and monitoring of the SDGs.

PARIS21 and Statistics Sweden provided guidance throughout the project and highlighted ways to

  • map key stakeholders relevant to environmental statistics,
  • conduct a capacity assessment taking into account new data actors,
  • design a user demand survey and
  • define strategies for the second NSDS process in Zambia.

The kick-off workshop, held on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, brought together project partners as well as data producers and users in Zambia. Attendees gained insights into new approaches to capacity development, such as Capacity Development 4.0. The CD4.0 approach, developed by PARIS21 and launched in January 2020 at a high-level meeting with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), helps to assess and strategically develop the capacity of statistical systems, including their legal framework, funding infrastructure, coordination, communications and advocacy.

Presentations - Final stakeholder workshop (June 2021):

Capacity development 4.0



by PARIS21 on the project and Capacity Development 4.0 approach

Project outcomes in Zambia



by ZamStats on the relevance of the project to Zambia

presentation World Bank



by the World Bank on promoting sustainable development through mainstreaming environmental-economic accounts and analysis tools into development planning

presentation Lesotho



by the Statistics Bureau Lesotho on the role of environment statistics in Lesotho

survey outcome



by Statistics Sweden on the outcomes of the user satisfaction survey as part of the project

Presentations - Kick-off event (October 2020):

presentation slide 1



by Sheila Mudenda, ZAMSTATS, on the NSDS and status of environmental statistics in Zambia.

presentation slide 2



by Julia Schmidt and Salma Dahir, PARIS21, on objectives, goals and expectations of the project as well as on the Capacity Development 4.0 approach.

presentation slide 3



by Masiliso Sooka, ZAMSTATS, on the NSS capacity assessment.

presentation slide 4



by Carina Josefsson Ortiz and Peter Guban, Statistics Sweden, on the planned user satisfaction survey.


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