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GEO-6 Assessment for North America


The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for North America paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level.

This assessment provides an objective evaluation and analysis designed to support environmental decision making.

The assessment includes four main Chapters:

  • Chapter 1 provides an overview of the regional priorities addressed in the report, explains why each is important to the region, and provides a summary of the overall assessment.
  • Chapter 2 discusses the state of the environment in the region according to key environmental themes (air, water, land, biota, and chemicals and waste) as well as cross-cutting challenges (climate change, the Arctic, energy, non-point source contaminants  and contaminants of emerging concern), and analyses the key trends for each issue.
  • Chapter 3 reviews policy responses on these environmental issues in North America.
  • Chapter 4 reviews the main trends that will affect the region’s environment in the future and explores the actions needed for the region to achieve a more sustainable future.