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Mainstreaming the Environment Across DFID’s Work. John Warburton Senior Environment Adviser, DFID China [email protected] Contents. What is environmental mainstreaming? DFID’s approach, particularly in regards to: Public sector governance Assets for the poor

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mainstreaming the environment across dfid s work
Mainstreaming the Environment Across DFID’sWork

John Warburton

Senior Environment Adviser, DFID China

[email protected]

contents
Contents
  • What is environmental mainstreaming?
  • DFID’s approach, particularly in regards to:
      • Public sector governance
      • Assets for the poor
      • Quality of economic growth
      • Environmental opportunities in other sectors
  • How is this captured in our screening procedures?
  • Sustainability appraisal in action in Yunnan (YEDP presentation)
defining environmental mainstreaming
Defining Environmental Mainstreaming
  • Integrating environmental sustainability (wherever appropriate) into development policy, planning and programmes for long term poverty eradication.
is this important from the perspective of poor people
Is this important from the perspective of poor people?
  • Livelihoods
    • poor people tend to be most dependent upon the environment and the direct use of natural resources
  • Health
    • poor people suffer most when water, land, and the air are polluted. Environmental risk factors are a major source of health problems
  • Vulnerability
    • the poor are often exposed to environmental hazards and environment-related conflict and are least capable of coping when they occur
policy and institutional options
Policy and Institutional Options
  • Key principles for DFID’s approach
    • Poor people as part of the solution rather than part of the problem
    • Environmental quality of growth is important
    • Environmental management cannot be separated from other development issues
  • Themes identified -
    • Improve Governance
    • Enhance assets of the poor
    • Improve the quality of growth
    • Identify environmental linkages in all sectors
  • Use environmental screening as an opportunity to “look for good”, not simply to “do no harm”
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Governance
  • E.g. Integrate Poverty-Environment into Development frameworks, and develop incentives for environment to be seen as a cross-departmental issue

Poor People’s control of assets

  • E.g. Strengthen resource rights of the poor and enhance capacity to manage assets

Quality of Growth

  • E.g. Understand environmental drivers of growth…and drivers of degradation, and address environmental market failures
environmental opportunities with other sectoral programmes
Environmental opportunities with other sectoral programmes
  • Health, e.g. environmental health;
  • Education, e.g. environmental education promoted in curricula;
  • Trade, privatisation, financial services, e.g. build capacity for environmental due diligence;
  • Rural development, e.g. promote sustainable use of resources; improve spatial planning
  • Infrastructure provision, e.g. “climate proofing”, capacity building in EIA
dfid s environmental screening procedures
DFID’s environmental screening procedures…

…attempt to capture this approach

  • It is mandatory to screen all DFID interventions over £1 million for environmental issues
  • Screening should still be undertaken for projects below £1 million where there are potential environmental impacts
dfid s environment guide
DFID’s Environment Guide
  • DFID’s Environment Guide provides advice on:
    • The importance of the environment to the poor
    • Step-by-step guide to completing a screening note
    • Checklists, arranged by development theme, of opportunities and risks
    • Advice on screening across sectors
    • Sources of further information
environment guide online www dfid gov uk pubs files environment guide 2003 pdf
Environment Guide online www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/environment-guide-2003.pdf
making it real
Making it real
  • Sustainability appraisal in Yunnan Province – putting the themes just outlined into practice….
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