Published in: 2005
The first section of the paper summarizes evidence demonstrating the dependence of the poor on natural resources to earn their livelihoods, the vulnerability of the poor to environmental hazards, and the barriers faced by the poor in deriving full benefi ts from their environmental assets. Highlighted in the second section are the results from rigorous economic research on the returns to investments in the productivity of environmental assets, including solid evidence that such investments can generate large benefi ts for the poor and for enhancing overall growth in developing economies. Finally, we outline several areas for strategic action and response at multiple scales—from local to sub-national, national and multilateral—to encourage the investments needed for major, lasting reductions in poverty.
This study ia a joint product by UNDP, UNEP, IIED, IUCN and WRI, prepared on behalf of the Poverty-Environment Partnership.
PEP (2005). Sustaining the Environment to Fight Poverty and Achieve the MDGs - The Economic Case and Priorities for Action.
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