Fast Facts: Integrating environment into development planning

09 May 2012

Ecosystem services play a critical role in securing livelihoods, good health, and resilience for poor people around the world. Conversely, if ecosystem services are degraded or access is denied, poverty is exacerbated. This profound connection between the environment and poverty is likely to be increasingly visible as the impacts of climate change manifest. In order to preserve the full range of natural ecosystems required for human well-being, environment objectives must be embedded in policies that influence human activities, including the key productive sectors of the economy, as well as national development planning frameworks and budgets, institutions, governance, and market-based mechanisms. This ‘mainstreaming’ of environment is crucial for effective action to promote development that is sustainable and climate-resilient.

  • In 2010, UNDP supported environmental mainstreaming outcomes in 93 countries through 1,875 projects for a total of US$ 307 million.
  • As of 2012, the joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty- Environment Initiative is supporting programmes in 17 countries around the world and provides technical advisory services to an additional 5 countries.