to the United Nations Environment Programme May 2002 GEO-3 Report,
"The planet is at a crucial cross-roads with the choices
made today critical for the forests, oceans, rivers,
mountains, wildlife and other life support systems upon
which current and future generations depend".
Global Environment Outlook (GEO-3)
is the most authoritative assessment ever of the environmental
crisis facing humanity in the
on contributions from UN agencies, over 1,000 people and
environmental institutes. The report looks at the
environmental impacts and development issues of the past 30 years.
The report then presents a current
analysis of key environmental issues at global and regional levels and offers four different visions of the future.
GEO-3 also considers
human vulnerability and explains how accelerating global change increases threats to our well-being.
Reduction in poverty, protection of eco-systems, environmental restoration and good environmental mangement are key
to reducing this risk.
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