Regional Workshop on GEO Resource Book
17-20 July 2007
Hua Hin, Thailand
Appendix 2: Customization of the GEO Resource Book and Way forward for
1) How to customize the GEO Resource Book for regional use? Including relevant
case studies (Please web-link and name of person to contact?)
Perhaps, the regionalization is the way to go (beside the case study inclusion). The beauty of
the GEO resource book is what is now applicable globally, which will benefit GEO-5. Updates
/upgrades/ improvements (like from our workshop) will then easy to carry out for everybody. If
regional version are cracked that is much harder to do, and consistency will be lost. It was
suggested to keep one core that is centrally updated and used. For local purposes using
additional (like case study) that is maintained separately.
Relevant tools & methodologies need to be tested & validated in national context and for
selected case studies (e.g. Himalaya ecology, coastal resource and biodiversity management
etc.). CESDAC would be willing to undertake scenario development and its application to IEA
in south Asian and Pacific Island countries (www.cesdac.org) in addition to conducting
training courses/ capacity building and development. Capacity building workshops at national
and sub-national scale must be organized to appraise the stakeholders on the resume book
There is need to establish a regional working group, resourced to customize the resource
book; to consider regional, sub regional, national, sub national pilots; to consider translating
summary booklets; consider REGION: Asia Pacific is more than half the planet both terms of
surface area & human population. The need for training and use established collaborating
centres need based IEA link assessment to achieve in protecting and in enhancing
According to specific conditions of CA, there is a need to include more examples and
attention to the infuriation gathering, establishing of network, data souses, humanization,
standardization and methodology and lyses, and indicator selection; translation to the
language of the sub-region expert to be trained on specific themes and modules.
We should include wide range of examples from the region with pictures requesting
information from responsible government agencies. In Thailand, it is office of Natural
resources and environment policy and planning. (www.onep.go.th) Also, make sure to
simplify steps and content into simple language, putting more diagrams/ figures.
First the need for the region to create first same agreement to how to address their concern
with M & E.
www.sprep.org and person to contact: Mr Tepa Suaesi (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Based upon sub-regional report development, in-depth assessment on the resources book
will be made and problems and challenges will be identified and integrated into the resource
book together with those in the sub-regions.
This core group (who attended this training) should be maintained so that sub-regional
customization can be made possible. It is quite difficult to immediately point to case-studies.
For example in the South Pacific, USP and SPREP can work together to customize the
resource drawing from sub-regional and national case studies. Person to contact: Mr
Melchior Mataki (e-mail: email@example.com )
Before we customize the GEO resource book for regional use, we should resolve some
1. What regional level can GEO resource book be used on? Sub-regional level country level
or city level.
2. When we customize the GEO resource book for regional use, the flexibility is very
important. To clearly illustrate the issue, the structure of the DPSIR module can make a
little adjustment. Take the SZEO as an example. We use the R-SI-R module in place of
the DPSIR module and we use some new indicators for example when we talk about the
urban village, we use the indicator “ urban vulnerability” to illustrate.
Regional case studies or best practices in this regard can be identified. Projects using IEA
approach should be implemented. Key learnings can be incorporated into developing the
resources book to national level based on experiences and challenges faced at an
international level. www.devalt.org
Development alternatives is already involved in carrying out SOE reporting for India for 5
years and south Asia. It has necessary experience and expertise in conducting similar
studies and implementing them on ground. It has also sufficient experience in dealing at sub-
regional level, engaging different stakeholders with diverse background while preparing
SAEO and SSDS report.
Customize the GEO resource book validation with regional environment/ cultural context.
Person and web address for case studies:
Mr. Punjali joint secretary, Ministry of environment Sc. and Tech GON, www.moest.np
Mr. Chewang, Environment officer, Ministry of environment Sc. and tech GON,
Mr. Basanta Shrestha, Division Head, Menris-eKH, ICIMOD, www.icimod.org
-Kathmadu valley outlook www.menris.icimod.org (Publication)
-Environment impact assessment, www.icimod.org
It really depends on “who are the target audience”. one thing for sure is that the resource
book has to be done “practice and straight forward”. It also has to look at the issue policy the
region and does not go “too global” and “generic”. In addition, the content should be able to
be understood easily, particularly on the case/ case studies. The need for provide guideline/
guidance for the trainer. It should involve relevant experts to develop it. For example, experts
in media and communication strategy in developing module 7.
Inventory of case studies should be created and separate workshop at subregional to discuss
more practical steps on how to generalize documents.
It is needed to validate the different tools and techniques discussed in the resource book
through their actual application in the regional context. UNEP may ask a core group of
participants to take the lead in this regard and identify opportunity in difference country.
UNEP may also consider supporting a set of project in the region to come up with a
customized inventory of case studies best on the application of IEA methods. There may be
on going projects that are already having some application of these methods and they need
to be identify. TERI can contribute to the collection of case studied on the application of the
DPSIR framework, indicators construction and validation, scenario based analysis, and
There good condition in China for extending the GEO resource book. The work of city
environment outlook was finished. We hope to hold a training workshop on IEA in the city
because the ity are so big that environment issues impact the whole country.
Before we customize the GEO resource
2) What are the best paths to disseminate the resource book in the region?
Through relevant organization/ agencies which involve in the development of SOES. Perhaps
another “technical” training for those who involve in IEA/SOE development to section specific
issue, for example on module 5 and 6.
Working close first with the responsible government of the countries in the region (related
Ministries) Through above contact, make link with the other INGO, NGOS/ Powerful in
respect to IEA work) can be easily disseminated. Through UNEP’s already going focal points.
Translating it into a more regional or national context. Module with relevant case studies and
best practices. Popularizing the use of the techniques by means of workshop/ conferences.
Adoption by the government would popularize the use.
I think 21 century is E-century. More and more people explore various web-site everyday. We
can disseminate resource book by famous web-site, BBS. And we can establish some blogs,
and transfer documents by e-mail. We can make a vote online to attract stakeholders. It’s just
The full resource book and/ or modules can be incorporated into special training and courses
offered by -- institutions. Alternatively, IEA resource book can be stand-alone cause to be
offered by collaborating centers and this will request some resource from UNEP and co-
financing from the collaborating centers.
Conduct sub-regional basis workshop which invite not only CCs and key institutes by UNEP.
And Workshops aiming at senior officers and more user-friendly text.
Establish networks/expert level trainers level and building series of training at different
Use the effective media to reach to each group of target audiences; Take the (suitable)
opportunity to disseminate the resource book, e.g. world environment day, world water day,
or at the time people nave much attention on some environment issue; Request the
assistance of CCs in the region in introducing the RB among various users; Increase the
channels of access to various sectors especially government agencies who responsible for
dissenting inf. In environment and academic sector; The book should come in the form that is
handy, user-friendly, colorful with simplified diagrams/ pictures.
Include IEA process into university course and seek for endorsement from academic
Overall dissemination strategies needed for universities, national government agencies,
NGOs, donors, outreach; media, workshops for formative dissemination, training sessions-
short courses such as IEA for Lao PDR and Central Asia Sub-regional IEA.
Ministries and selected institution (including NGOs) must be targets in each country. Natural
and State-level pollution control board officials must be exposed to and trained in application
of IEA resource book as part of the capacity building exercise in national context.
Collaborating centers; NGOs, regional organization (SPREP/ SOPAC/ USP), not through
government/ government agencies (it will not be used/ introduce there) Maybe universities.
Training, create and enforce the network of trainer, general information from decision makers
and general public (CX web portal), sound table among CSO and experts, language, should
info for mass media and journals. Use of prominent persons; persecution of regional
meetings ISDC. More cot-effective to
Brief version can be produced in many different languages. CC could play key role to lay out
dissemination strategies to identify audience and using networks.
First to translate the resource book into Chinese, then SEPA will order/ organize the EPA in
province/ city to learn/ understand the resource book.
Identify national level institute in different country to conduct capacity-building workshops for
practitioners in their own region; Ministries and key decision makers need to be made aware
of the resource book and its relevance to policy-making, for this the identified national-level
institutions can be asked to use their networks and access to policy-making circles in both the
public and private sectors; an inventory of case studies and the proposed GEO data portal
can be made an open-access resource to researchers, practitioners and academicians.
The best path is the media such as TV broadcast an internet because more and more people
get information for media everyday, information of the media can be refreshed quickly, and
the quantity of information of the media is very huge.