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Poverty Reduction Steps Create Positive Impact on Environment: Experts
Source: financialexpress.com
Source Date: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Created: Nov 30, 2010

Several measures to reduce poverty create a positive impact on environment management, said many of the climate experts and economists at a major brain storming session organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with 14 development partners.

Experts debated the linkage of poverty with climate issues to come up with recommendations for the governments, especially of South Asia. For the 150 sustainable development and climate change experts at the conference on The Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy, the big questions centered on whether environmental factors increasingly contributing more to poverty in Asia and the Pacific region. The other issues are how does climate change affect poverty? And how can the green economy be made more relevant for poverty reduction? Anushree Sinha, senior fellow, NCAER, said it is significant that the twin issues of economic development of the poor and the impact of climate change on the vulnerable poorer sections of society are now being looked at in conjunction. These had not been intersected so clearly before this conference, she said.

For ADB vice-president, knowledge management and sustainable development, Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, the connection between poverty and environmental degradation is only too obvious. While she clarifies that climate change is not the cause of poverty per se, according to her, the benefits of economic development are quickly dissipated due to environmental factors. For example, she explained, it takes just one natural disaster to wipe out the poors natural resources-based enterprises. Integrating climate change discussions into the poverty and environment agenda is an important part of new development strategies that make growth and ecological development more inclusive, she said.
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