UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Phase II (2014-2017)


Poverty-Environment Initiative is a joint global programme of UN Development Programme and UN Environment Programme formally launched in 2005 to address poverty, promote security and preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods by placing pro-poor economic growth and environmental sustainability at the heart of economic policies, planning systems and institutions. With an overall aim to bring about lasting institutional change and to catalyse key actors to increase investment in pro-poor environmental and natural resource management, Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) helps government decision- makers and a wide range of other stakeholders to manage the environment in a way that improves livelihoods and leads to sustainable growth. Currently, the Initiative is supporting full programmes in nearly 30 countries, including Tajikistan, assisting them in integrating poverty-environment linkages into national and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring. The Poverty-Environment Initiative Phase I in Tajikistan was launched in 2010.

The PEI Phase I in Tajikistan (2010-2012) demonstrated significant economic, social and environmental results from integrating poverty and environmental linkages in development policy, planning and budget processes. However a sustained engagement over time (10-20 years) serves as a pre-requisite to ensure institutionalization of these results, and to realize direct economic, social and environmental gains. This programme provides the continuation and consolidation of the results achieved in Phase I of the PEI Programme for Tajikistan. As such it is fully aligned with and contributes to the Global PEI Programme for 2013-2017 through concentrated focus on meeting the implementation challenge of Poverty-Environment (PE) mainstreaming and achieving positive pro- poor and environmental outcomes. The programme aims to achieve results that add to the following programme Outcomes and Outputs.

Project Goal and Objectives

The overall goal of the Project is to support improved governance and trickle-down effect of sustainable development agenda within national and sectoral development strategies as a result of P-E mainstreaming, thus ensuring better management of natural resources, and enhancement of regional cooperation and knowledge sharing on P-E mainstreaming. The Project also intends to integrate a gender equality approach in P-E work by addressing both women and men’s concerns.

Expected Outcomes and Outputs

The intended outcome of the Tajikistan PEI Phase II is comprehensive strategies and strengthened institutions at the national and local levels enabled to better address existing poverty and environmental issues and facilitating transition to greener and inclusive growth.

This project is being implemented in three linked components:

  1.  P-E   approaches   and   tools   for   integrated   development   policies,   plans   and coordination mechanisms applied. This output includes integration of the P-E and sustainable development agenda into the sectoral strategies (water resources/land management, agriculture/food security, energy, mining etc.) and national long-term development strategy for 2016-2030;
  2. Knowledge   base   built   for   institutionalization   of   cross-sectoral   budget   and expenditure  frameworks  and  environment-economic  accounting  systems.  This output includes capacity building interventions aimed to introduce the national stakeholders to frameworks, methodologies and techniques on green accounting systems, valuation of ecosystem services, and public environmental expenditure review.
  3. Regional cooperation and knowledge sharing facilitated to integrate pro-poor environmental outcomes into regional institutions and sustainable development processes. This component of the project includes: i) identifying best practices, experiences and technologies on designing and implementing policies and frameworks integrating poverty and environmental issues-in-nexus in priority sectors and exchanging them among countries; ii) identifying and facilitating key partnerships at the regional level.

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