Methodologies, Tools and Assessments


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Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation An overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends, primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. Policy Environmental Impact assessment, national law, monitoring
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Africa The assessment concludes that low-carbon, climate-resilient choices in infrastructure, energy and food production coupled with effective and sustainable natural resource governance are key to protecting the continent’s ecological assets that underpin a healthy society. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific The analysis of key environmental themes on air, land, biota an ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste using the drivers-pressures-state-impact-response (DPSIR) framework shows accelerating environmental degradation widely across the region and its impact on human wellbeing Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean The GEO-6 Regional Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) identifies the main environmental changes that have been observed in the region since GEO-5 (2012) and GEO LAC 3 (2010); and considers priorities for action within the overall framework of the new 2030 sustainability agenda. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation, land
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for North America Environmental conditions in North America have significantly improved over time due to investments in policies, institutions, data collection and assessment, and regulatory frameworks. However, in recent years environmental challenges have emerged that are proving harder to manage within existing policy frameworks. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Pan-European Region The GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region argues for more urgent action, both through existing policies and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), to address the challenges that the region is facing. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for West Asia Unsustainable consumption patterns threaten water, energy and food security; biodiversity loss, desertification and ecosystem degradation are ongoing challenges; air pollution continues to greatly impact human health and the environment; waste management continues to be addressed through ad-hoc initiatives without an integrated waste management outlook. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
Global Environment Outlook 6 GEO-6 builds on the findings of previous GEO reports, including the six regional assessments (2016), and outlines the current state of the environment, illustrates possible future environmental trends and analyses the effectiveness of policies. This flagship report shows how governments can put the world on the path to a truly sustainable future. It emphasizes that urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people. Air Quality, Policy, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
Healthy Environment, Healthy People This report summarizes for Governments, policy makers and stakeholders the evidence of the linkages between environmental quality and human health and wellbeing,a but also points to the broader drivers of these linkages, including inequality, unplanned urbanization, migration, unhealthy and wasteful lifestyles, and unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste health, disease, chemical, exposure, air pollution, sanitation, economy, waste
The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment 2019 Progress Report The New Plastics Economy is a global initiative with the ambition to set the economy on an irreversible path towards a world where plastics never become waste, starting with packaging. Single-use Plastics, Sustainable consumption and production labelling, recycling, private sector, waste
The Sustainable Development Goals 2019 Factsheet style report with all of the SDGs. SDGs Poverty, reporting, sustainable development, economy, health, financial mechanism, capacity building, disaster, climate change, conservation
Towards a Pollution-Free Planet Background Report This report describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to act towards a pollution-free planet. Air, Land, Water, Chemicals, Waste pollution, health, chemical, economy, waste, exposure, air pollution, pesticide

Methodologies, Tools and Guidance Documents

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SCP HotSpot Analysis Provides NGO and policy makers country profiles that give information about materials use, GHG emissions, air pollution, and land use, and identify areas where political action is needed Air Pollution, Sustainable consumption and Production sustainable use, policy makers
UNEP Guidelines for Conducting Integrated Environmental Assessment This platform is designed for: Governments, practitioners and other stakeholders that are conducting or involved with integrated environmental assessments; Students and educators that are learning about environmental assessment. The "IEA-General" link contains an eight-volume basic training course on integrated environmental assessment (including PDF, PowerPoint). Environment and health, policy, aire, water, waste, chemicals capacity building, climate change, health, management, reporting, evaluation, science

Knowledge Platforms & Campaigns

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Beat Pollution Website Pollution hub for UNEP work related to pollution. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste pollution, health, disease, food, management, implementation, chemical, waste, economy, land
Global Environmental Goals (GEGs) Live Tracker Provides up-to-date information on the progress towards achieving these GEGs. In addition, it puts the information into the context of the currently elaborated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The variables and data are mainly drawn from UNEP's Environmental Data Explorer. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste disaster, export, import, trade, biomass, economy, industry, conventional energy, agriculture, air pollution
Green Growth Knowledge Platform Green growth is the pursuit of economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner This platform provides guidance documents and assessments for various sectors which can assist policy makers, leaders and governments in deveoping green growth. Environment and health, sustainable consumption and production green economy, financial mechanism, energy, resource accounting, economy, infrastructure, climate change, agriculture, waste, health
InforMEA InforMEA provides easy access to information on MEAs. You can consult treaty texts and provisions of decisions and resolutions adopted by the Governing Bodies of MEAs. You may browse Party information including contacts, national reports and national plans submitted under MEAs. Feel free to learn of terms and concepts as defined in the context of MEAs and consider taking one of over 20 free online courses introducing MEAs. Don’t forget to use the explorer field to search across all this information and further filter and refine results. Multilateral Environmental Agreements waste, agriculture, land, chemical, conservation, governance
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer The authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Statistics capacity building, reporting, monitoring