Making Global Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting Matter

By László Pintér on May 4, 2006
How does the design of global integrated environmental assessments influence their effectiveness, and what are the lessons from this for the design of assessment and reporting programs in the future? Building on earlier research carried out under the Global Environmental Assessment project at Harvard University, the PhD thesis of Measurement and Assessment Progam Director László Pintér developed an extended framework for analyzing assessment and reporting system effectiveness and applied it to UNEP's Global Environment Outlook as a case study. The findings point to the importance of several design elements in assessment and reporting, including issue framing, governance, participation, capacity, communication, data and indicators, and feedback to research agenda setting.

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László Pintér, 2006