EU Development Policy - Protecting the Environment to Reduce Poverty



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Seventy per cent of the world’s poor live in rural areas where their daily lives depend on access to natural resources and to the environmental services that nature provides.
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Freshwater, soil fertility, clear air, fisheries, plants and forests provide the very basis of human well-being. Seventy per cent of the world’s poor live in rural areas where their daily lives depend on access to natural resources and to the environmental services that nature provides.

Climate change impacts first and foremost on the poorest and most vulnerable communities but healthy ecosystems can improve resilience.

By investing in the maintenance of ecosystem services, supporting new livelihood opportunities in natural resource management, and promoting good environmental governance, conservation activities can help contribute towards long term poverty reduction and sustainable development.

2015 sees a fundamental shift in the global approach to development. In September 2015, the world’s governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals and associated 169 targets that will act as the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

CONTACTS

  • Tatiana Lambin

    Development Policy and Finance Assistant

    WWF European Policy Office,
    WWF EPO

    +32 2 743 88 00

  • Sally Nicholson

    Head, Development Policy & Finance

    WWF European Policy Office,
    WWF EPO

    +32 2 740 09 37

POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

WWF believes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their associated set of 169 targets, provide a set of objectives that states and people around the world can work together to achieve. The SDG’s are shaped around the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.