Integrating Environment into Development Policy

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Sustainable lifestyles, Kenya.
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Europe, as the world’s largest provider of official development assistance, has a particular responsibility, and a legal obligation, to promote environmental integration across its global policies and programmes.

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 and involvement of civil society organisations as well as adherence to environmental commitments.

EU position on the post-2015 global development framework

Working together with other NGOs, WWF wants to ensure the EU takes a strong stance at the UN General Assembly which will formulate a global sustainable development framework to succeed the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. We have called on the EU to:

• Fully integrate environmental sustainability into future development and poverty reduction objectives.
• Tackle inequalities between and within all countries.
• Define one overarching process to include the outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit.
• Ensure all governments take responsibility for future goals take action to deliver on them.

The EU position now includes all of these principles. We are developing proposed targets for the post-2015 framework and pressuring the EU to strongly promote the integration of environment and development.


  • Sally Nicholson

    Manager, Development Policy & Finance

    WWF European Policy Office

    +32 2 740 09 37