Enhancing Poverty Reduction Strategies with Strategic Environmental Assessment

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Enhancing Poverty Reduction Strategies with Strategic Environmental Assessment

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UNDP Report

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Linda Ghanimé, Environmental Operations and Policy Adviser, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 304 East 45th Street FF-990, New York NY 10017, USA.
Tel (+1) 212-906-6480; Fax (+1) 212-906-6973
Email - linda.ghanime@undp.org

Nathalie Risse, SEA consultant, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 304 East 45th Street, New York NY 10017, USA.

Tel (+1) 212-906-6846; Fax (+1) 212-906-6973
Email - nathalie.risse@undp.org

Tamara Levine, Policy Analyst, Science Policy and Priorities Division, Science and Technology Branch, Environment Canada, 8/F PVM, 351 St. Joseph Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H3, Canada.

Tel (+1) 819-953-7625; Fax (+1) 819-953-0550
Email - tamara.levine@ec.gc.ca

Jean-Jacob Sahou, Programme manager, Poverty Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Benin, P.O. Box 506, Cotonou, Benin.

Tel (+229) 21.31.30.45; Fax (+229) 21.31.57.86
Email - jean-jacob.sahou@undp.org

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This chapter focuses on the application of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to National Development Strategies with particular emphasis on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), the policy-level documents used in several countries as an overarching framework to manage development aid with a social equity agenda. It outlines the history and the evolving functions of PRSPs, highlights the need to better link environment and development, and summarizes how SEA is defined in development cooperation. It then describes SEA approaches used in Benin, Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania, presents main results of these experiences and draws lessons learned in the form of recommendations for improvement.

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