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Published on Feb 21, 2013
The Poverty Environment Initiative is supporting the Government of Nepal to provide trainings to local planning professionals in areas such as sustainable infrastructure development, biogas, bioengineering to increase soil fertility and reduce land slides, organic farming, labor intensive road construction, poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation and disasters risk reduction.
Local planners take decisions, such as how to develop infrastructure or how to generate energy based on Annual Planning Guidelines and on data collected on the ground.
The Poverty-Environment Initiative ensures that these guidelines and data collected promote Sustainable Development.
During trainings, Planners are asked to revise activities from an environmental perspective. Trainers demonstrate them that poverty reduction requires environmental conservation. And that a healthy environment is the basis of human wellbeing.
Trainings have already led local governments to allocate more budget to environmental sustainability.
This has promoted the conservation of watersheds, biogas development, energy efficient cooking stove or the ban of heavy equipment such as bulldozers to construct roads.
As well as an increase use of EIAs and IEEs before developing economic activities.
Training people that plan development assign budget and that take crucial decisions has proven in Nepal to be one of the most effective ways of achieving Sustainable Development.