Poverty-Environment Analysis for Ecosystems- Integration of Indicators in Policy: Pakistan
Total Project Cost: $194,572
PEF Financing: $179,393
Approval Date: 1 July 2011
Main Project Partner(s): World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan
Project Officer: Imran Ali Memon, PRM
Type of Intervention: Analytical study
This analytical study aims to investigate the linkages between poverty and environmental degradation and develop ecosystem specific indicators to measure this relationship. Through this study, mechanisms for mainstreaming these indicators into national policy development process will also be developed. An improved understanding of how poverty and environment are interlinked can help facilitate the integration of these factors into government policies and improve interventions for development and management of natural resources, which can in turn contribute to poverty reduction.
Pakistan's environmental challenges and the difficulty of integrating sustainability criteria in the policy and planning processes, threaten the country's poverty reduction efforts and long-term economic growth. Poverty and environmental degradation are closely associated and causally interlinked and should therefore be addressed together, particularly in developing countries, for achieving more effective outcomes through poverty reduction, development, and conservation initiatives. In rural areas, addressing access to natural resources and ensuring their sustainable use are particularly critical issues, as a large proportion of community livelihoods in these areas are directly or indirectly dependent on natural resources.
- Poverty-Environment (PE) Indicators identified for the main types of ecosystems in Pakistan
- Policy recommendations for how to incorporate PE linkages into an integrated approach to poverty
- Workshops for government officials (provincial and national level) to explore how to reflect PE considerations in indicators for sector and overall government development plans
- Sectoral policy briefs that provide pertinent examples and suggestions for budgetary outlays for various levels of government
- Final study that establishes the main PE linkages and indicators for each of the main ecosystem types to be evaluated. This document will serve as a guide for environmentally sustainable planning and developing more effective governmental policies and projects