Poverty-Environment Initiative

Despite rapid economic growth, extreme poverty and hunger is a daily reality for some 10 per cent of Asia-Pacific population. Most of the region’s poor rely on natural resources for their food, water, and livelihoods. The loss of these resources, through unhampered development, would impact on the livelihood and health of these people and portend greater impoverishment.

The UNEP-UNDP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) in Asia-Pacific seeks to address this challenge by promoting poverty reduction through sustainable natural resource management.

The PEI supports economic and scientific analysis of poverty and environment linkages that enables countries to design environmentally sustainable policies and manage the environment in a way that improves livelihoods and leads to growth that benefits all. These policies are then integrated into national planning processes. It also promotes knowledge and exchange between countries through networking and regional dialogues on common themes. The overall aim is to bring lasting institutional change and to catalyze key actors to increase investment in pro-poor environmental and natural resource management.

In Asia Pacific, the Poverty and Environment is undertaken at the regional level and in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

Contact: Razi.Latif@unep.orgMika.Korkeakoski@unep.org

Asia and the Pacific PEI Regional Support Programme

Within the Asia-Pacific region, the first country programme on poverty-environment mainstreaming was launched in Viet Nam in 2005 with the support then from the UNDP PEI programme. A second PEI national programme was launched in Bhutan in 2008, the first country under the joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative.  more