EU Development Policy - Protecting the Environment to Reduce Poverty | WWF

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.

WWF is working at many levels globally to integrate conservation and social equity into development policies, especially those related to basic rights, food security, access to energy and resources, and adaptation to climate change.

At the European level, WWF works to hold the EU to its commitments on the international stage and in its development cooperation policies in terms of the environment and sustainable development. We are advocating for an effective strategy for mainstreaming environment and climate change across all external actions and for specific and targeted support for biodiversity, environmental and climate change priorities in the funding instruments for external action. 

We are working with the rest of WWF worldwide to monitor the implementation of EU development cooperation in terms of transparency of decision making, involvement of civil society organisations and adherence to environmental commitments.

Taking forward the Sustainable Development Goals


Year 2015 has seen a fundamental shift in the global approach to development.  In September 2015, world leaders formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) at UN headquarters in New York. In doing so, they promised that economic growth and development will become sustainable. This new framework will guide policies as well as billions of dollars of aid and investment to 2030.  

Working together with other NGOs, WWF worked towards making sure that the EU was taking a strong stance in the formulation of new Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Now that the 2030 Agenda has been adopted, we are advocating for the translation of these globally-agreed UN goals into ambitious and effective strategies and action at the national and regional level. 

 

CONTACTS

  • Tatiana Lambin

    Development Policy and Finance Officer

    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.

Read more about WWF's work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda