Integrating Environment into Development

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The natural environment is the foundation on which poverty reduction efforts and sustainable development must be built. Poor people everywhere depend critically on environmental assets and energy resources for their livelihoods and well-being. It is widely recognized that recent and ongoing global shocks – food, fuel, financial, climate change – have linkages, if not in some cases direct lineage, to environmental issues related to the use and management environmental systems and services. Therefore, mainstreaming environment and sustainable development, including climate change, in national development planning and implementation is central to UNDP’s poverty reduction and MDG mission.

Related Publications and Resources

  • NAMA Study for A Sustainable Charcoal Value Chain In GhanaOct 21, 2014

  • A Toolkit of Policy Options to Support Inclusive Green GrowthJul 1, 2013

  • Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ IssuesJun 15, 2008This Kit focuses on development and indigenous peoples, with emphasis on their full and effective participation in all development processes and the need for a genuine partnership in—and ownership with them—of these processes. It is designed to provide United Nations Country Teams with guidance as to how to engage indigenous peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

  • UNDP’s Local Capacity StrategySep 20, 2010The Strategy presents a vision for how UNDP can approach, prioritize, and integrate its work to create the enabling conditions for effective local action and to greatly speed the scale-up of local-level best practices. It is designed to elucidate and strengthen how UNDP works with and supports community-based initiatives and national governments to scale up local-level successes.

  • Chemicals Management: The why and how of mainstreaming genderChemicals Management: The why and how of mainstreaming genderSep 25, 2007The publication, part of the Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines Series, provides an approach to mainstreaming gender in chemicals management, together with a discussion of priorities for UNDP support to assist partners with mainstreaming gender considerations at each step of a national process to develop or strengthen a sound management of chemicals regime.