Climate Change and Poverty Reduction

´┐╝Climate change is a serious risk to poverty reduction and threatens to undo decades of development efforts. This key sheet is part of a series of awareness raising tools developed by Irish Aid to accompany its Environment Policy for Sustainable Development. Key strategies for implementing the policy are:

i) mainstreaming, where the environment is recognised as a critical part of sustainable development and is taken into account in all policies, programmes, activities and funding decisions; and

ii) partnership, where Irish Aid works with national governments, multilateral organisations, international agencies and civil society organisations to contribute to sustainable development.

The first step in environment mainstreaming is to understand how the environment is linked to the development challenge or sector you are responsible for. In this key sheet, we explain why understanding climate change is crucial in the context of poverty reduction, and suggest sources of additional information. More detailed guidelines on mainstreaming environment and climate change will be produced at a later date.