Effects on the environment have a great influence on economic and social development. It is not possible to dismiss the environmental issue as a “luxury problem”. Real development and poverty reduction can only be achieved if measures are also taken to safeguard natural resources and the environment.
This paper contains Sida's position on the environment's importance in sustainable development. Sida’s point of departure is that each country is responsible for its own environment and natural resources and that development cooperation should be based on the needs of Sida’s partners in cooperation. Therefore, Sida attaches great importance to strengthening and developing the capacity of partner countries to analyze and take action to solve their environmental problems.
Almost sixty per cent of the agency's development cooperation funds are allocated to activities that have the environment as a principal objective or significant objective.