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

  • Making Progress on Environmental SustainabilityOct 1, 2006Making Progress on Environmental Sustainability

  • May 1, 2009Green Jobs for the Poor: A Public Employment ApproachThis paper explores the potential for governments to create ‘green jobs’ in developing countries by funding public employment activities to preserve biodiversity, restore degraded land, combat erosion, and conserve water. The paper draws on the experiences of the Working for Water programme in South Africa and the National Rural Employment Guarantee in India.

  • Aug 23, 2012Green Economy in Action

  • Mar 10, 2011Managing Private Investment in Natural ResourcesThis primer seeks to provide practical advice on how host countries can manage foreign direct investment inflows to promote national development aspirations (such as poverty reduction, environmental sustainabilityand achievement of the MDGs).

  • Women's Green Business InitiativeJan 1, 2010Women's Green Business InitiativeThe Women’s Green Business Initiative is an innovative Programme that addresses existing structural barriers to women’s economic advancement and facilitates equal opportunities for women to participate in the green economy. It aims to ensure that emerging climate funds address the needs of poor women and men equitably.