The GEO process
GEO report series
The UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO)
project was initiated in response to the environmental reporting requirements
of Agenda 21 and to a UNEP Governing Council decision of May 1995
which requested the production of a comprehensive global state of the
environment report. The GEO project has two components:
- A global environmental assessment process that is cross-sectoral,
participatory and consultative. It incorporates regional views and builds
consensus on priority issues and actions through dialogue among policy
makers and scientists at regional and global levels. It also aims to
strengthen environmental assessment capacity in the regions through
training and ‘learning-by-doing’.
- GEO outputs, in printed and electronic formats, including the GEO
report series. This series presents periodic reviews of the state of
the world’s environment, and provides guidance for decision-making processes
such as the formulation of environmental policies, action planning and
resource allocation. Other outputs include regional, sub-regional and
national environmental assessments, technical and other background reports,
a Web site, products for young people (GEO for Youth) and a core database
— the GEO Data Portal.
The GEO Data Portal provides report producers with easy access — via
the Internet — to a common and consistent set of datasets from primary
sources (UN and others), while covering a broad range of environmental
and socio-economic themes. The Portal addresses one of the major concerns
expressed ever since the start of the GEO project — the need for reliable,
harmonized data for global and regional level environmental assessment
and reporting. As of March 2002, the Portal gives access to some 300 statistical
and geographical datasets at national, sub-regional, regional and global
levels. State-of-the-art functionality for on-line data visualization
and exploration are available for creating graphs, tables and maps.
|Internet references in GEO-3
|GEO-3 has developed a special system for preserving the Internet
references quoted in the bibliographies on the pages that follow.
Each such reference is followed by a GEO-3 tag of the form
[Geo-x-yyy]. This electronic reference scheme — a unique feature of
GEO-3 — can be used both on the GEO-3 website at www.unep.org/geo3
and on the CD-ROM available with the English version of this report.
Search can be by author, title of document or GEO-3 tag. Clicking
on the tag brings up the full reference and text, even though the
original Web page may have since disappeared from the Internet.