News ID: 4203
Publish Date: 14 April 2015 - 17:38
Organized jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the European Regional Environmental Information Network Conference (REIN) is ongoing from 13 to 17 April 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
European REIN ConferenceECO-IEST: Organized jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the European Regional Environmental Information Network Conference (REIN) is ongoing from 13 to 17 April 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting is structured as follows:
Regional Environmental Information Network Conference (13 - 15 April);
The first GEO Regional Authors’ meeting (16 - 17 April);
16th meeting of the UNECE Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA) (16-17 April).

The Conference was opened by Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment on Monday 13 April 2015 at the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel Conference Hall. Briefings on GEO-6 global and regional assessments, SEIS & UNEP Live; as well as Regional priorities, Assessment scope, Emerging Issues and Outlooks and Assessment process and stakeholder roles; and UNEP Live & National Reporting Systems were the main issues addressed at the Conference.

European REIN Conference

UNEP had previously agreed to support ECO in developing a State of Environment report (SOEr) to help set the agenda for environmental priorities in the broader context of economic development, energy and trade. Consequently, 8 of the 10 ECO Member States (exceptions are Afghanistan and Pakistan) as well as the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) attended the European REIN Conference to get familiar with the Pan-European experience in developing the SOE report and the process of developing the 6th Global Environmental Outlook. 

European REIN Conference

During the Conference also a special consultation session was organized on 14th April where participants from ECO Member States discussed the most appropriate format for the ECO SOEr and the best approach for initiating the process of developing this report with cooperation of the UNEP.

European REIN Conference

According to the organizers, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is an integrated environmental assessment that informs environmental decision-making and aims to facilitate the interaction between science and policy. The GEO is also a consultative, participatory process that builds capacity for conducting integrated environmental assessments to report on the state and trends of, and outlooks for, the environment.

European REIN Conference

UNEA resolution 1/4 on the science-policy interface requested the Executive Director to undertake the preparation of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), supported by UNEP Live. The overarching objective of GEO-6 is to provide a comprehensive, integrated assessment of the effects and implications of environmental change on human well-being.

European REIN Conference

The structure and processes for GEO-6 were agreed at the global Intergovernmental and Multistakeholder Consultation (IGMS) in Berlin (21-23 October 2014) and are presented in the official Outcome Document (UNEP/IGMS.2 Rev.2). The consultation was informed by the findings of the formal UNEP GEO-5 independent evaluation, the MCC-led Collaborative Initiative on Global Environmental Assessments with particular focus on the GEO process, and experience gained from the recently completed GEO SIDS assessment.

European REIN Conference

The global analysis for GEO-6 will build upon regional assessment processes and create a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human well-being, accompanied by an analysis of policies leading to greater attainment of global environmental objectives and goals. It will provide the first integrative baseline in light of global megatrends supported by open access to data, with due consideration given to gender, indigenous knowledge and cultural dimensions. The assessment will lay the foundation for continued socio-environmental assessments across relevant scales, with a thematic as well as an integrated focus, enabling and informing societal transitions and the tracking of SDG targets and goals as well as previously agreed international environmental goals. The enhanced policy analysis in GEO-6 will be aimed at assisting member states to position themselves on the most effective pathways for transitions towards a sustainable future.




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