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Sustainable Development in Practice: A Guide to Integrating Environment, Climate and Poverty Reduction


The joint UNDP-UNEP initiative, Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2022) and its predecessor, Poverty-Environment Initiative (2005-2018), have worked over 18 years on four continents to respond to increasing calls on taking an integrated approach to poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

The Initiative was trailblazing in introducing economic and expenditure analyses and participatory approaches, working with national mandates and central authorities such as finance and planning ministries to get poverty-environment issues integrated in major decisions. Through Poverty-Environment Action, methodologies have been refined and experience gained in changing and challenging circumstances.

The Poverty-Environment Action Handbook has been extensively updated over the last year of the project. Entitled Sustainable Development in Practice: A Guide to Integrating Environment, Climate and Poverty Reduction, it is now ready for peer review by the poverty-environment community.

The Handbook presents Poverty-Environment Action’s main lessons, and draws on other recent experience around the world, to offer a new, interactive guide to integrating poverty, environment, and climate in decision-making. Its chapters cover (1) integration around the notional policy cycle; (2) ways to obtain evidence on poverty-environment links, their causes and their importance to work beyond traditional environment-development silos; (3) engaging stakeholders in dialogue on the big picture of poverty-environment policymaking; (4) planning beyond silos – integrating poverty-environment objectives into national, subnational, sectoral and thematic plans, focusing on typical mainstream planning processes; (5) fiscal and investment assessment and instruments to achieve poverty-environment outcomes; and (6) communications and advocacy for poverty-environment mainstreaming and integration.


We thank all contributors for not only heeding our call for peer review but also, for submitting a wealth of rich and invaluable comments and/ or additional information to the PEA team within the stipulated peer review window, all of which shall be considered and incorporated accordingly in the coming weeks.

The window for submission of peer review comments is now officially closed.

Thank you.

- The Poverty-Environment Action Team