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Regional UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Asia-Pacific

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Presentation delivered by Sanath Ranawana at the 14th Poverty Environment Partnership meeting in Geneva, April 2009 …

Presentation delivered by Sanath Ranawana at the 14th Poverty Environment Partnership meeting in Geneva, April 2009

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  • 1. Regional UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Asia-Pacific Sanath Ranawana UND/UNEP PEI Regional Team – Asia Pacific PEP-14, Geneva 1 April 2009
  • 2. Asia Pacific PEI at a glance 6 countries across three stages (+ scoping studies) CHINA •$5.5 million between 2007- 2012 BHUTAN NEPAL LAO PDR • Potential to expand LAO PDR programme with interest from BANGLADESH countries across A-P region THAILAND VIETNAM Scoping Preparatory TIMOR Phase 1 LESTE Phase 2 © ‘PEI in Asia- Pacific’ Brochure (2008)
  • 3. Bhutan: Complimenting Gross National Happiness Development Philosophy Phase 1 August 2008 to 31 December 2009 Activities 1.Supporting the Government’s Targeted Poverty Intervention programme (REAP) – identifying environmentally sound poverty reduction measures; 2.Developing planning guidelines for p-e mainstreaming 3.Review of environment-related public expenditure during 9th Five-Year Plan period. Key implementing partner 4.Local Development Planning Manual – reference guide for local authorities to prioritize investments Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) Features •GNHC - a champion for mainstreaming environment •PEI used as catalytic support for REAP •Collaboration with DANIDA
  • 4. Lao PDR– Integrating Environment with Poverty Reduction and Pro Poor Growth Phase 1 will commence in April 2009. KEY IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS Ministry of Planning and Investment Provincial governments National Assembly ACTIVITIES • Integrate poverty and environment concerns into the 7th National Socio Economic Development Plan • Support to develop sustainable investment strategies in several provinces • Support for social and environmental impact assessment • Strengthening capacity and increasing awareness of National Assembly on p-e issues FEATURES • Collaboration with ADB/IFAD • Implemented using existing project modalities ©UNDP Lao PDR
  • 5. Bangladesh – Poverty Environment and Climate Mainstreaming Phase 1 will commence in April 2009. KEY IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS Ministry of Planning ACTIVITIES • Integrate poverty and environment concerns into the PRSP – analysis, capacity building • Incorporating poverty and environment concerns in template of Project Pro-forma • Guidelines and performance assessments for poverty-environment-climate mainstreaming at local level • Demonstration of p-e mainstreaming in five eco regions. FEATURES • Implemented using existing project modalities Mangrove Forest,© IUCN
  • 6. Nepal, Thailand and Timor-Leste: Support inclusive planning and decision-making Key implementing partners: KEY FEATURES Ministry of Local Development – Nepal • Decentralization initiatives – entry point to Ministry of Interior – mainstream p-e concerns Thailand • Evidence-based approaches to integrate p-e Ministry of Economy and concerns in planning process Development – Timor-Leste • Economic analysis – creating a platform for PES, CSR Other partners: • Tapping synergies between on-going projects Nepal: Community groups, district and local governments Thailand: Network of forest user groups, provincial and local governments
  • 7. PEI and Asia – Pacific: Common themes and challenges for mainstreaming • Agencies responsible for planning and budget decisions must be in the driving seat • Economic analysis – key to making the case and capturing attention of finance agencies • PEI – a conduit for knowledge dissemination • Environment – recognized as being important but treated as a sector. • Challenge for poverty-environment mainstreaming – upstream interventions based on evidence and tools • Poverty environment linkages are more tangible local level. Decentralization initiatives - are a useful entry point • Private sector - significant agent of environmental change • Economic planning and spatial planning are de- linked • Mainstreaming efforts can in turn be mainstreamed
  • 8. Thank you Ton Le Sap, Cambodia ©QT Luon www.terragalleria.com Questions?