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


OECD DAC, Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidance

This guidance draws on practical experience and established "best practice," it points to ways to support the application of SEA in the formulation and assessment of development policies, plans and programmes.  more


Monitoring Guidelines of Capacity Development in GEF Projects

This publication outlines guidelines and a set of indicators to assess capacities built to achieve environmental sustainability. more


Practitioner's Guide: Capacity Development for Environmental Sustainability

Capacity development and environmental sustainability are both central to UNDP’s mandate and programming.The purpose of this Practitioner’s Guide is to provide practical guidance to UNDP staff, partner countriesand other development partners on the nature of environmental capacity and how tomore


PEI Mainstreaming Handbook

This handbook is designed to serve as a guide for champions and practitioners engaged in the task of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. Hard copies can be ordered through the Poverty Environment Facility. more


PEI Making the Economic Case

This primer provides guidance on presenting evidence about the economic, development and poverty reduction benefits of the environment to public sector decision-makers, so as to justify and promote “environmental investment”. Hard copies can be ordered through the Poverty Environment Facility. more