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GEO-6 Regional Assessments launched

27 May 2016

Ahead of the meetings for the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 2) held in Nairobi, Kenya 23-27 May 2016, a major series of six regional reports entitled GEO-6 Regional Assessments, were launched. These six reports, one each for the Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Pan-European, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America regions have been prepared by UNEP in collaboration with many governmental and non-governmental organizations, research bodies and institutions, including the UNEP-WCMC.

The reports offer a regional perspective ahead of the release of the upcoming sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), expected to be launched in mid-2017. They build upon regional assessment processes and create a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human well-being, focusing on different thematic areas relevant to each region, such as water, pollution, biodiversity, agriculture or land.

UNEP–WCMC was involved in the initial stages of the reports, holding the GEO-6 Authors’ Workshop at the centre in July 2015. This workshop focused on the GEO-6 Regional Outlooks, and served as an opportunity for collaboration between regional coordinators and authors and different programmes at the Centre to develop and define the scenarios used and the thematic focus employed for each regional report. The Centre provided technical expertise and guidance, supporting the authors in accessing and using key information and data to inform the projections and analyses included in the reports.

Each report focuses on different factors and themes relevant to the biodiversity, geography and socio-economic characteristics of the region. The reports contain information on each region’s priorities and context, current state and trends, policy responses, and outlooks (scenario based projections). This work is a prequel to the finalization of the GEO-6 (http://www.unep.org/geo/), a follow-on report to the GEO-5 published in 2012 (http://www.unep.org/geo/geo5.asp). GEO-6 hopes to provide the first integrative baseline in light of global trends supported by open-access to data, considering and including issues outside biodiversity and the environment, such as gender, indigenous knowledge and different cultural dimensions. The report will lay the foundation for continued socio-environmental assessments across different regions and scales, enabling and informing tracking of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as other internationally agreed environmental goals and targets.

(The Pan-European assessment will be launched at the eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia, on 8 June 2016)

The publications can be downloaded using the following links: