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Changing policies and strengthening implementation

The following policy options, based on UNEP experience, the GEO-3 assessment, and wide consultation with experts and stakeholders, provide a current perspective on initiatives needed now to set a sustainable course for the next 30 years and beyond. Action is needed at many levels. The suggestions for action that follow may be applicable to multiple or specific levels; they are intended as a check-list from which to make appropriate selections. The overriding need in policy development is to adopt a balanced approach towards sustainable development, giving adequate weight and strength to all three pillars; from the environmental perspective, this means mainstreaming the environment, bringing it in from the margins to the heart of development. How can this be achieved?