Joint UNDP- UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative

Project overview

Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) provides support to mainstream environmentally sustainable natural resource management into national and sectoral development processes. Such mainstreaming ensures that poverty reduction is not undermined by the unsustainable use of natural resources. The focus of PEI is on integrating environmentally sustainable natural resource use into national and sectoral development processes and budgets and on capacity building at the national and sectoral level.

PEI Phase II has an increased focus on influencing budget processes, the poverty and gender aspect of poverty‐environment mainstreaming and continued emphasis on communication and dissemination of study findings to ensure their use and to achieve additional impact.

Project Objective

The two broad objectives and by implications the outcomes that PEI seeks to promote are:

  • Pro-poor environment and natural resources linkages mainstreamed in policies, development plans and programmes at national, sector and district level
  • Budgeting and financing for sustainable development incorporated into national, district and sector plans, policies and budgets.

Main Project Activities

  • Raise awareness regarding poverty‐environment linkages and sustainable natural resource management among key stakeholder mainly by disseminating findings and recommendations from strategic studies.
  • Integrate sustainable natural resource management in the implementation of national development plans and district and sector policies including agriculture, forestry, fishery, wildlife.
  • Improve the government's capacity and systems to monitor and develop poverty‐environment indicators.
  • Explore financing mechanisms for sustainable natural resource management, including increasing budget allocations, donor funding, private investment and environmental fiscal reform measures.



Project start date:

July 2013

Estimated end date:

March 2019

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • thought leadership
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Bureau Policy & Prog Support

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • European Commission
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Denmark
  • Government Of Germany
  • Pol-unaids
  • Un High Commissioner For Refugees (unhcr)
  • Government Of Japan
  • Government Of Mauritania
  • Government Of Sweden
  • Government Of Botswana
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $571

    2020 -$571

    2019 $162,583

    2018 $3,656,991

    2017 $6,684,767

    2016 $5,683,286

    2015 $5,680,353

    2014 $5,569,094

    2013 $0

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