Environmental states can change over space and time for many reasons, driven by many processes, and influenced in many ways by multiple actors. Traditional state of the environment (SoE) reports document these trends, their interactions and their potential implications for human well-being. Although traditional SoE information alone may help influence the way people view the environment and their relationship with it, a SoE typically stops short of systematically pointing out causes or levers of change.
IEA goes beyond traditional SoE analysis, and can help answer what is being done and how effective is it? In this policy background section we build an understanding of policies and the policy process (the what), along with an understanding of policy actors (the who).