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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 would be delighted to receive comments and/or additional information to reflect in the Handbook where you deem useful. Kindly send your comments to Cherryl Andre De La Porte and Kenneth Kioi by 4 October 2022.

Please cite the chapter and section number, table or figure to which your comment is addressed.

We would be especially interested in the following:

  • Is the Handbook well-structured, of an appropriate length, and engaging to readers?
  • Does it adequately reflect Poverty-Environment Action and other major relevant experience?
  • Are the main poverty/environment themes covered?
  • What improvements could make the Handbook more useful?

If you have significant suggestions for sections of the Handbook, we welcome these.

Your feedback on the draft Interactive Handbook is highly appreciated.

Thank you.

- The Poverty-Environment Action Team