State of the Tropics

Key institutions from across the world have joined forces to assess and report on the critical questions facing one of the world’s most important and fastest growing regions: the Tropics.

Over the past half-century the Tropics has emerged as an increasingly critical region. More than 40% of the world’s population now lives in the tropics and this is likely to be close to 50% by 2050. The region generates around 20% of global economic output and is home to some 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

However, the resources to sustain larger populations and economic growth are putting huge and increasing pressures on the natural environment, and poverty is prevalent in many areas. Issues of concern include relatively poor health outcomes, with more than one billion people suffering from tropical diseases, unacceptable levels of infant mortality and reduced life expectancy; extreme poverty; poor educational outcomes; environmental degradation; and, in some cases, political and economic instability.

The State of the Tropics Report is being developed as a partnership of universities from across the world. It will answer a very simple question: “Is life in the tropics getting better?” The Report will analyse a range of environmental, social and economic indicators to answer this question. The analysis will shine a bright light on a variety of key issues and provide a foundation for policy makers, geopolitical analysts and other stakeholders to examine in greater detail the tropics and the major issues affecting it.

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