The fourth report in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides a comprehensive, scientifically credible, policy-relevant and up-to-date assessment of, and outlook for, the state of the global environment. GEO-4 is published 20 years after the landmark World Commission on Sustainable Development report - Our Common Future.
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Environment for Development is the GEO-4 underlying theme and the report pays special attention to the role and impact of the environment on human well-being as well as to the use of environmental valuation as a tool for decision-making.
GEO-4’s specialist report, the Summary for Decision Makers is an essential guide for policy-makers. Both publications are excellent tools for teaching and research and relevant in the field of international environmental governance as they highlight policy options for a more sustainable approach to development.
Section A: Overview
Chapter 1 Environment for Development
Section B State-and-Trends of the Environment: 1987-2007
Chapter 2 Atmosphere
Chapter 3 Land
Chapter 4 Water
Chapter 5 Biodiversity
Section C Regional Perspectives: 1987-2007
Chapter 6 Sustaining a Common Future
Section D Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
Chapter 7 Vulnerability of People and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 8 Interlinkages: Governance for Sustainability
Section E The Outlook : Towards 2015 and Beyond
Chapter 9 The Future Today
Section F Sustaining Our Common Future
Chapter 10 From the Periphery to the Core of Decision Making : Options for Action