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?