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Asunto:NoticiasdelCeHu 302/03 - Global Environment Outlook
Fecha:Jueves, 10 de Abril, 2003  00:54:27 (-0300)
Autor:Humboldt <humboldt>


NCeHu 302/03



The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has kept under review the state of the planet's environment to identify environmental threats and to provide the policy-relevant information needed to address priority environmental issues.


To meet these commitments UNEP has, every 10 years since the Stockholm conference 1972, produced a decade state of the world environment report. The first two reports, the world environment 1972-1982 and the world environment 1972-1992: Two Decades of challenge, were necessary to take stock at regular intervals of the situation and trends in the global environment.

In 1995 UNEP started a comprehensive participatory assessment process known as the Global Environment Outlook (GEO). The GEO process is a collaborative effort involving a global network of regional and thematic institutes and linkages to UN bodies through the UN System Wide Earth Watch and incorporating a consultative mechanism to promote dialogue between scientist and policy makers. The GEO report series, a comprehensive, integrated and policy relevant assessment of global and regional environmental issues, is the major output of the GEO process.

The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Drylands (ACSAD) in Damascus, Syria and the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) in Bahrain are among the Global network of more than thirty collaborating and associated centers around the world working in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme in preparing the Global Environment Outlook series. GEO-1 was published in 1997. The second report (GEO 2000) was published in September of 1999. Both reports were translated into several languages including Arabic.

Aside from the great effort devoted to the preparation and production of GEO 2000, the report contains the most authoritative and comprehensive review, linking state of the environment and policy responses with future perspectives. It is a milestone achievement in the field of environmental assessment and reporting. It went far beyond expectations by creating a network of collaborating centers around the Glob. There is no doubt that the report is considered as a state-of-the art in environmental reporting and a source document pin pointing to environmental issues, assessing the impact of current environmental policies and looking for new perspectives. The report provides a region by region coherent view of environmental issues across the world. Off the GEO 2000 associated products; GEO 2000 on the internet, regional and technical reports, GEO for youth "Bachamama" (mother earth) and GEO CD-ROM.

Based on the success of the GEO process and outcome, UNEP's governing council held in February 1999 requested a third report in the GEO series (GEO-3). This report shall take the form of a "30 years of retrospective amalysis since Stockholm". The report will be published in 2002.

UNEP ws keen to strengthen and consolidate this network of collaborating centers to carry out and deepen the participatory approach that had been followed in producing the GEO series. As such, within its program of Environmental Assessment and Early Warning , UNEP initiated the UNFIP (MT/5510-99-73 ).

The project aimed at launching the implementation of the new UNEP observing and assessment strategy by reinforcing, with the support of the United Nations Istitute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Global Resource Information Database (GRID), the capacity of regional and thematic collaborating centers in developing regions to prepare retrospective and prospective analyses and scenarios for GEO-3, coupled with strengthening the whole global participative assessment network in internet based interaction and delivery of information products.

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