NEW WEB RESOURCE HELPS TO BOOST DEVELOPMENT WITH SOUND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Environment Inside mainstream web site
was launched recently by IIED,
According IIED governments and stake holders can boost sustainable development with the help of a new online resource that identifies effective tools and approaches for getting the environment properly included in plans and decisions.
The United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are expected soon to contribute to the resource, which shows ways that sound environmental management can enhance development policy and actions.
“The environment underpins our health, wealth and security yet international studies show that most environmental indicators are in sharp decline,” says Dr Barry Dalal-Clayton, a Senior Fellow at IIED.
Research by IIED partners shows, for example, that in southern Africa environmental impact assessments are used in a highly variable way and too many fail to consider cumulative and trans-boundary impacts. Such assessments pay little attention to important sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
Environment Inside is intended to help all those involved in development to do just that. It will be rolling resource, updated and expanded on an incremental basis. The first version is launched today. Environment Inside includes case studies, key documents and links to other sources of information. It is structured to enable new inputs based on diverse experience.