The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a comprehensive global state of the environment report, the most recent of which is the Global Environmental Outlook 3 (GEO-3): Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. The GEO-3 emphasizes that the next 30 years will be as crucial as the past 30 for shaping the future of the environment. It explores different policy approaches and future scenarios that span developments in many overlapping areas, including population, economics, technology and governance.

A concise table of key environmental issues by region

The complete report in seven languages

Experienced researchers and practitioners are invited to submit individual country descriptions. To submit your analysis, please contact us first.

Country Descriptions

1. Describe major ecosystems, landscapes, transitional zones, and common habitats
   • Give examples of flora and fauna, prominent temporal and spatial characteristics
   • If possible, give an indication of original ecological state before human settlement

2. Describe the extent and impact of the agricultural and industrial revolutions
   • Give examples of land/water use changes, waste disposal, and other human activities
   • Provide a historical overview of the resulting impact of degradation and loss

3. Describe the current state of degradation, loss and fragmentation
   • Give examples of anthropogenic threats to biodiversity and ecological health
   • Outline the present social, political and economic rationale for these activities

4. Describe the current state of restoration whether NGO, government or commercial
   • Give examples of the most prominent restoration projects and policies
   • If possible, give an indication of the future direction of ecological restoration

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