So why is this so important from an environmental standpoint? One of the fundamentals of any environmental policy is a three step process of knowing:
- Where you currently are (e.g., how good, bad, or ugly is your current environmental situation);
- Where you want to head (e.g., what are you trying to achieve in order to solve the challenge); and
- Where you are at various points towards your end goal – point 2 (e.g., in 2 years time are you making good progress towards your goal or not).
Creating a process to improve the assessment of progress. Before the Copenhagen Accord, the world had an incomplete system of accountability and transparency.