The first step in the GEO approach to an IEA is to address the question: What is happening to the environment and why? This question can be answered by considering more detailed questions of the DPSIR analytical framework. These questions include:
- What are the priority environmental issues (e.g., water quality/quantity, air pollution, biodiversity)?
- What are the specific concerns related to the STATE of the environment for each issue and what are the key TRENDS?
- What DRIVERS and PRESSURES are causing environmental change?
- What INDICATORS are appropriate and necessary to characterize these drivers, pressures and states?
The following sections provide guidance for addressing these questions.
|Figure 6:Analytical framework
– What is happening to the
environment and why?