Regional Outlooks

Data analysis, research and capacity building on resource pressures and scarcities, using( sub-)regions among developing countries and where relevant transition economies, in order to demonstrate the building of relevant analytical capacity and translating research findings into national policy approaches for more efficient and equitable use of resources.

Analysis, development of content, and production of new regional Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook (REEO) reports. Two (sub)regional-level REEO reports have been completed in 2011, one for the Asia Pacific region and one for the sub-region in Latin America comprising Mercosur, Chili and Mexico. Other REEO reports are envisaged for the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) sub-region, and possibly for West Asia and Africa. The reports will present an analysis of requirements for decoupling environmental degradation from economic development and make use of data and indicators through the UNEP Environmental Data Explorer and the CSIRO and UNEP Material Flows online database. Related data on natural resources, energy efficiency and other key variables will also be included in the REEO reports and databases.

The REEO reports will provide case studies, mechanisms, and policy approaches for improving resource efficiencies and safeguarding against resource scarcities that are relevant at the national, sub-regional and regional scale. Examination of scarcities and impacts will highlight ecological limits and critical loads within which economies at various levels need to operate. REEOs will also identify opportunities for industry to improve resource efficiency as well as policies to incentivize these opportunities. Following completion of each REEO report, a Summary for Decision Makers will be developed for outreach to national level governments.
The findings from the will be used to inform policy forums, identify data and indicator needs, assist with development planning and catalyze support for long-term capacity building efforts in this and related projects. Capacity development activities will focus on building the relevant analytical and data collection capacity at the country level and translating findings into national policy approaches for more efficient and equitable use of resources.

If possible, new training modules and manuals will be prepared for developing and applying REEO methodologies and reports in the future, using experiences from ongoing RE/SCP assessment activities in regions and globally. Such training modules would be developed for decision makers to ensure that the early warning information provided can be easily understood and used in policy decisions. This could be made part of the existing Integrated Environment Assessment (IEA) Training Manual as a targeted module for use in four pilot training workshops in various regions/countries on the use of REEO methodology and assessment results in national development planning.