About SOTT

The State of the Tropics project brings together leading research institutions from across the tropical world to assess the state of the region and to examine the implications of the immense changes the region is experiencing.

In 2014, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi launched the landmark State of the Tropics 2014 Report. This wide-ranging study examined a broad set of social, economic and environmental indicators to answer a simple question:

Is life in the tropics getting better?

The State of the Tropics assessment demonstrates that nations in the region have made extraordinary progress in recent decades. However, significant challenges remain. There are increasing pressures on the environment, poverty remains rife in many regions, and many nations suffer from poor health, education outcomes and governance issues.

Rapid population and economic growth mean that the region's influence is set to rise dramatically. By 2050, the region will host most of the world's people and two-thirds of its children. The nature of the region's growing influence, and its global implications, will depend on how it addresses its many challenges, and whether it realises its potential and opportunities.

This website presents a snapshot of the key indicators assessed in the State of the Tropics 2014 Report (PDF, 28444 KB). To download the full report and to access data for the indicators and additional information visit the State of the Tropics website.