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Global Environment Outlook 2000
(published by Earthscan), Caribbean Environment Outlook, Western Indian Ocean Environment Outlook and Pacific Islands Environment Outlook are all available from: SMI, PO Box 119, Pin Green, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4TP, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0) 1438 748111; fax: +44 (0) 1438 748844.

GEO 2000
Following on the success of UNEP’s first Global Environment Outlook report, GEO 2000 will be the benchmark reference for all those needing reliable information on current global environmental conditions.

The book presents a global and region-by-region analysis of the state of the world’s environment, highlighting key global concerns and making recommendations for policy action. The regions covered are: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and the Polar Areas.

Chapter 1 describes the main drivers of environmental change, such as the economy, population growth, political organization and regionalization, as well as potential impacts of recent global developments including the growth of the consumer culture, trade and international debt. Chapter 2 provides a global and region-by-region overview of the state of the environment. The chapter covers global issues such as ozone, climate change and El Niño, and universal issues of land and food, forests, biodiversity, freshwater, marine and coastal areas, atmosphere and urban areas. Chapter 3 reviews policy instruments and responses being used to address environmental issues, including multilateral environmental agreements, and analyses the difficulties of compliance, implementation and assessment. Chapter 4 looks at priority environmental issues for the 21st century and at alternative policy options. Chapter 5 makes recommendations for future action based on the environmental legacy left by past and present policy and management systems.

The three GEO companion publications, covering the Western Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, put a sub-regional focus on current environmental issues. With the international community now assessing progress since the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of SIDS, held in Barbados in 1994, these reports come at a particularly critical time. Providing a forum for the promotion of priority issues in these regions, the three reports analyse the state of the environment, offer a review of current policy responses including multilateral environmental agreements and regional and national initiatives already under way, and make alternative policy suggestions for the future.

The participatory process that enabled the development of GEO 2000 has served as a model for the production of these three sub-regional reports. Involving stakeholders and experts in the fields of environment and development from all over the world, they aim to promote dialogue between policy-makers and scientists at all levels and to build consensus on priority issues.

Deep Water is published by Ellipsis,
2 Rufus Street,
London N1 6PE, UK
fax: +44 (0) 171 739 3175

Deep water
Deep Water, co-authored by Dr. Julian Caldecott and Melanie Salmon, is both a visual delight and a mine of information, celebrating the beauty of the oceans and exploring the range of life they support.

From the tiniest organisms to the magnificence of whales, the diversity, interdependency and fragility of life in the seas are revealed and explained. The destructive effects of man’s exploitation of the oceans are shown, but Deep Water demonstrates how individuals – in collaboration with local communities, scientists and governments – are creating economically sustainable alternatives. A key message of the book is the importance of living in respectful co-existence with all species to guarantee a future for human life on Earth.

Deep Water has been produced in association with the Living Earth Foundation and with the support of UNEP and Global Ocean. Royalties from sales of the book will be used to support Living Earth’s ocean programmes around the world.

Dr. Julian Caldecott is a biologist who has worked for 20 years on nature conservation in tropical lands and seas. He is the author of Designing Conservation Projects (Cambridge University Press) and other books on protecting the Earth. As well as writing, he works as an independent adviser to groups involved in conservation and sustainable development.

Melanie Salmon has a life-long love of oceans. In 1997 she founded Global Ocean – an organization dedicated to the conservation of marine life. She has worked with many of the world’s leading environmental groups and produced her first multi-media event, ‘Making Waves’, on marine tourism in 1994.

Contents | Editorial K. Toepfer | Editorial M. T. El-Ashry | Let action... | The size of the problem | Looking good... | Vanishing islands | Whispers and waste | At a glance | Competition | Preserving paradise | Coral grief | ...biodiversity and beauty | Grassroots | GEF - helping small islands | Making a difference | UNEP - new books | Small is vulnerable | Measuring vulnerability | Exporting solutions | New friends in...