Foresight Briefs
Building a Digital Ecosystem for the Planet - Foresight Brief No. 014 September 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

Emerging frontier technologies have dramatically boosted the ways in which we can monitor the health of our planet. If we can leverage this information effectively, we will be able to assess and predict risks, increase transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources, inform markets and consumer choice and guide the political action required to counter the
environmental risks and crises; and ultimately stand a better chance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this vision to become a reality, stakeholders must collaborate to build and deploy a global digital ecosystem combining data, infrastructure, analytics, and insights.
This Foresight Brief shows how such a global digital ecosystem can be achieved – as well as what we risk despite the 10-year span still available to achieve the SDGs.