1. In 2011, to demonstrate the importance of "Greening Development Plans and Budgets" for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, the Poverty-Environment Initiative in Bhutan supported a number of on ground innovative initiatives. Which successfully demonstrated that Green Development provides an excellent opportunity for Poverty Reduction.

    PEI supported Tarayana Foundation to construct eco-friendly and disaster resilient houses. 25 households have benefited so far from this successful initiative. Carpenters from the community were provided with training on eco-friendly construction techniques in Zhemgang Dzongkhag by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. The training focused on the use of treated cane and bamboo as construction materials to make it cost effective, eco-friendly and durable. The carpenters returned to their villages and transferred skills to their community.

    The villagers now have a secure shelter and are able to now concentrate their efforts in agricultural activities and other off-farm opportunities through the skills that they have acquired. This is a clear demonstration of sustainable utilization of natural resources in improving poor people's livelihoods.

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The Poverty-Environment Initiative in Asia Pacific

PEI Asia Pacific

The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) in Asia Pacific works to green development plans and budgets to make sustainable development real.

Despite the region's rapid economic growth, extreme poverty and hunger affects at least 10 percent…


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The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) in Asia Pacific works to green development plans and budgets to make sustainable development real.

Despite the region's rapid economic growth, extreme poverty and hunger affects at least 10 percent of families living in-Asia Pacific. Many of these women and men have their livelihoods closely linked to the environment and natural resources -in marginal dry land areas, upland forests, coastal areas and urban squatter settlements. These households are already vulnerable to climate variability and this will worsen with climate change.

Unfortunatly, these linkages between poverty, environment and climate are currently not well understood and are not part of mainstream decision-making. As a result, sustainable management of natural resources is not a high priority, resulting in resources loss and degradation.

PEI seeks to address this challenge by providing technical and financial support towards economic and environment assessments of country specific links between the environment, climate, poverty and economic development to recommend policy options and ways to change public and private investments. These recommendations are then integrated into planning and budgeting processes and economic decision-making at national and subnational level.

The Poverty-Environment Initiative is a joint UNDP-UNEP global programme operating in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe. The Asia Pacific PEI team started developing country programmes in 2008 which are now underway in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal and Philippines. The programme is funded by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Commission.

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