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Dr. Frederick Ato Armah appointed to the UNEP Global Panel of Experts on the Environment

Dr. Frederick Ato Armah of the Department of Environmental Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Coast has been appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to serve on its Global Panel of Experts on the Environment. Dr. Frederick Ato Armah is the only scientist from Ghana among the team of experts drawn from over 110 countries by the UNEP chief scientist. The appointment is for a period of 2 years (2015-2017).

The mandate of the Global Panel of Experts is to develop the 6th edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report. The theme for GEO-6 is Healthy Planet Healthy People. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is a consultative and participatory process that builds capacity for conducting integrated environmental assessments and reporting on the state, trends and outlooks of the environment. GEO is also a series of products that informs environmental decision-making and aims to facilitate the interaction between science and policy. According UNEP, GEO-6 will be the start of a living process. It will provide the first integrative baselinein light of global megatrends supported by open access to data, with due consideration given to gender, indigenous knowledge and cultural dimensions. The assessment will lay the foundation for continued socio-environmental assessments across relevant scales, with a thematic as well as an integrated focus, enabling and informing societal transitions and the tracking of SDG targets and goals as well as previously agreed internationally environmental goals.

The rigorous assessment process aims to make GEO products scientifically credible and policy relevant - providing information to support environmental management and policy development. Using the integrated environmental assessment (IEA) methodology, UNEP has produced four GEO reports thus far, which have analyzed environmental state and trends at the global and regional scales, described plausible outlooks for various time frames and formulated policy options.