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Intergrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting (IEA)

Intergrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting (IEA)

In 1995, UNEP launched a new approach to global environmental assessment called the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) process. The GEO process is cross-sectoral, participatory, and consultative and involves a wide range of partner institutes including a worldwide network of Collaborating Centres (CCs).

To improve integrated environmental assessment (IEA) at various levels and support the preparation of regional and global GEO reports, capacity development has been an important component of the GEO and AEO processes. This has targeted GEO CCs from developing countries to enhance their capacities to participate fully in GEO production as well as national and regional organizations involved in state of the environment (SoE) assessment and reporting.
The need for building capacity in the use of the IEA and other methodologies used for GEO and related assessment, stems from the fact that these methodologies require specific skills and techniques in analysis and integration. The benefits of capacity building have been demonstrated through improved regional inputs to GEO reports and regional assessment reports.

Customization of global training materials

UNEP/DEWA Africa is customizing the training manual for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting in Africa to make it relevant to the needs in Africa. The training manual will:
  • provide an overall framework linking environmental assessment in Africa to decision making and sustainable development on one hand, and to the AEO and GEO process.

  • use relevant examples and case studies that are appropriate for the African environment, stressing problems that are most prevalent and make it difficult to make decisions in environmental policy on the continent (e.g. poverty, population increase, land degradation, uncoordinated policies, etc).
  • include the use of geographic information science (GIS) and remote sensing (RS).
  • include a simple modeling software that can be linked to GIS to monitor environmental indicators and provide information on different scenarios.

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