New members to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (InforMEA) include the 4 UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Conventions, the Regional Seas Programme and the Framework Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention). The European Environment Agency has also joined the Initiative as an observer.
Supported by UNEP, the Initiative aims to assist Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the environment community at large, to access MEAs information from one central location.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), stated "This Initiative is providing needed knowledge to officials who are working on the implementation of MEAs, and for policy makers seeking to take coherent and consistent decisions across multiple conventions".
The Initiative currently includes 40 global and regional Agreements from 14 Secretariats hosted by 4 UN organisations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its membership also includes observers involved in MEA information management.
The portal provides information on MEAs' decisions and resolutions, news, calendars of events, list of Parties, national focal points and national reports and strategies. It also integrates literature, national legislation and case law as compiled in Ecolex – the Gateway to Environmental Law, collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UNEP. Information is organized against a set of 300 hierarchical terms extracted from the official agendas of each MEA Conference of the Parties (COP).