Strengthening institutional capacity to integrate poverty and environment issues into development processes
The PEI is a UNDP/UNEP joint program that aims to strengthen institutional capacity to integrate poverty and environment (PE) issues into development processes. The program is expected to deliver the following results: (a) Economic evidence of the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change (CC); (b) enhanced national capacity to integrate and coordinate poverty and environment issues into national, sector and district level policies, plans, budgets and monitoring systems (c) enhanced knowledge and awareness of PE and CC linkages by policy and decision-makers, civil society, the private sector and the media (d) Poverty and environment issues integrated in key over-arching national development frameworks such as the national Development Plan and the National Strategy for Sustainable development; and (e) Integration of approaches, tools, methodologies and assessments for mainstreaming environment in policies and plans to promote growth and poverty reduction
The following are some of the project’s notable achievements to date:Economic valuation of natural resources and ecosystems for improved planning and decision-making prioritized and established at senior Government policy making level, including agriculture and tourism sector assessments and associated policy briefs;poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) of the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agricultural Development (ISPAAD), dissemination of the results and preparation of policy briefs;scoping study on a Public Expenditure Review (PER) of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) sector, and Research Paper;support to Green Economy, Rio+20 preparations and negotiations, and Post-2015 discourse through a Green Economy Workshop, identification of major GE sectors, and inclusion in the Botswana submission to Rio+20;capacity building of over 250 district and economic planners on the integration of poverty-environment linkages into district and national development planning;advocacy on PE and CC issues, targeting government officers, legislators, civil society leaders and media practitioners.
Project funding and implementation
The project budget is funded by UNDP and UNEP on a 50-50 basis.The project is implemented by the Office of the President and the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.