Will the Sustainable Development Goals address the links between poverty and the natural environment?

Judith Schleicher, Marije Schaafsma, Bhaskar Vira

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Abstract

The relationships between the natural environment and poverty have been a central theme in the sustainability and development literatures. However, they have been less influential in mainstream international development and conservation policies, which often neglect or fail to adequately address these relationships. This paper examines how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may influence the framing of environment–poverty relationships. We argue that the SDGs’ comprehensive nature could provide an opportunity for better environment–poverty integration. To realise this potential, SDG-related activities will need to challenge the institutional status quo; transform how we measure, understand and implement development; design interventions that reflect local visions of development; make trade-offs between SDGs explicit; and address ultimate drivers of environmental degradation and poverty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Funding

We thank all team members of the research projects ‘Developing an Environmentally-adjusted Index for Multidimensional Poverty’ and ‘Ecosystem Services as a Missing Dimension of Poverty’; and four anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/P003583/1]; the Cambridge Humanities Research Grant Scheme; and the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme [grant number NE/M00760X/1]. The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). We thank all team members of the research projects ‘Developing an Environmentally-adjusted Index for Multidimensional Poverty’ and ‘Ecosystem Services as a Missing Dimension of Poverty’; and four anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/P003583/1 ]; the Cambridge Humanities Research Grant Scheme; and the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme [grant number NE/M00760X/1 ]. The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) , the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) .

FundersFunder number
Economic and Social Research CouncilES/P003583/1
Natural Environment Research Council
Department for International Development
China Foundation for Poverty AlleviationNE/M00760X/1
Department for International Development

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