Training integrative approaches to environmental management and planning
Training in integrated environmental management
The development of a cadre of trained professionals in integrated environmental assessment, equipped with appropriate analytical tools and models, and supported by global observing systems and other data collection processes. These will be important ingredients in the institutional preparations for sustainable development.
Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) is a process designed to incorporate environmental considerations of development proposals within the planning process. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a step within the IEM procedure. IEM is holistic and embraces both large scale physical and social considerations; requires public participation; provides for the inclusion of environmental concerns early in the planning process; calls for alternative proposals to be considered; and continues through to monitoring, auditing and decommissioning. To this end, IEM is a useful tool for minimising the adverse impacts of development on biodiversity.
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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