Guidelines for conducting Integrated Environmental Assessments

UN Environment is pleased to provide new Guidelines for Conducting Integrated
Environmental Assessments. With the leadership of the Assessment Methodologies, Data
and Information Group under the Global Environment Outlook, the participation of several
of its members in the drafting and review process as well as a core group of authors, these
Guidelines are now available for application by Integrated Environmental Assessment
Practitioners and for consultation by the Integrated Environmental Assessment user
community.

This document is the result of UN Environment Member State requests in both Governing
Council and the UN Environment Assembly and is meant to provide guidance for a wide
range of different types of Integrated Environmental Assessments. These can range from
global to regional to rapid response assessments and emerging issues assessments. The
Guidelines should be considered a ‘living document’ since they will be used and improved
throughout the sixth Global Environment Outlook process as well as other on‐going
assessment processes.

We hope that Practitioners and Users alike will find the Guidelines informative and user
friendly. We look forward to your thoughts and suggestions for improving them.

Guidelines for conducting Integrated Environmental Assessments