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  • The UK Guardian newspaper has launched a new Global Development site (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development) providing a forum for debate and promotinbg the sharing of research and ideas on the big challenges of sustainable development. It includes, blogs, news, events, case studies tracking progress on the millennium development goals up to 2015, and lots more.

  • UNEP: On-line Resource Centre on Mainstreaming Environment into Humanitarian Action (http://postconflict.unep.ch/humanitarianaction/purpose.html) was established to make existing guidelines, tools, training, and other resources regarding environment, humanitarian action and early recovery easily accessible. Its aim is to equip humanitarian practitioners with the skills and knowledge to better mainstream the environment into different sectors and cross-cutting issues.

  • The One World Trust has created an interactive online accountability database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable (http://www.oneworldtrust.org/apro/). Processes of innovation and research are fundamental to improvements in quality of life and to creating a better society. But to realise these benefits, the quality of research alone is not enough. Organisations engaged in policy-relevant research and innovation must continually take into account and balance the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders: from the intended research users, to their clients and donors, to the research community and the research participants. Responsiveness to all of these is crucial if they are to be legitimate and effective. In this, accountable processes are as important as high quality research products. The Trust has built the database to support researchers, campaigners and research managers to think through the way they use evidence to influence policy in an accountable way.

  • The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) (www.oecd.org/dac) is the principal body through which the OECD deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. DAC work on integrating environmental aspects into development co-operation – as called for by the Paris Declaration (paragraphs 40–41) – is conducted primarily by the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET –http://www.oecd.org/about/0,3347,en_2649_34421_1_1_1_1_1,00.html). ENVIRONET works to enhance the coherence of OECD country policies in the areas of environment and development co-operation.

  • Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (www.cbd.int) The Secretariat supports a variety of thematic programmes, cross-cutting issues and mechanisms to implement the Convention. The latter include national reports, cooperation and partnerships, financial resources and access to relevant technologies, clearing house mechanism, the biosafety clearing house, and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). NBSAPs cover national strategies, plans or programmes for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity that integrate, as far as possible and as appropriate, the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies.

  • AusAID (www.ausaid.gov.au). The Australian government’s draft environment and climate change strategy for international development assistance envisages a comprehensive, integrated approach to delivering good environmental outcomes.  AusAID will raise the profile of climate change and the environment and ensure that people working in the programme have access to the skills and resources needed to fully analyse and account for the issues, to respond to opportunities and risks, and to develop integrated approaches to environmentally sustainable development.

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (www.acid-cida.gc.ca). CIDA has made environmental sustainability a programming priority: it aims to systematically integrate environment in all its decision-making processes, and focus its efforts on climate change, land degradation, freshwater supply and sanitation, and addressing the environmental impacts of urbanization.

  • Danish Fellowship Centre offers a training course focused on how to operationalise environmental mainstreaming on different levels and in different sectors and will analyse the linkage between poverty reduction and environment. (http://www.dfcentre.com/?Programmes_%26amp%3B_Projects:Interdisciplinary_Courses:Environmental_Mainstreaming)

  • EC Environmental Mainstreaming Project (http://www.environment-integration.org/).  This project, funded by the European Commission, is implemented by AGRECO and MDF to support environmental integration in European development co-operation.

  • International Association for Impact Assessment (www.iaia.org) is a forum for advancing innovation, development, and communication of best practice in impact assessment. Its international membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental, social, health and other forms of assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development.
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx) assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably.
  • National strategies for sustainable development: www.nssd.net provides a wealth of information and literature on approaches to developing, implementing and monitoring/reviewing national sustainable development strategies
  • OECD-DACSEA Task Team (www.seataskteam.net). Network website of the OECD-DAC Task Team on Strategic Environmental Assessment - a group of international experts which aims to engage in dialogue, exchange experiences and share resources.

  • Power tools (www.policy-powertools.org/). This website introduces a range of “Power Tools” – “how-to” ideas that marginalised people and their allies can use to have a greater positive influence on natural resources policy.
  • UNEP Economics and Trade Branch (www.unep.ch/etb/areas/envInteAsses.php) assists countries to apply project-level environmental impact assessment (EIA) AND address environmental as well as social and economic impacts of development policies, plans and programmes. In recent years it has focused on Integrated Assessment of Trade-Related Policies, Integrated Assessment and Planning, and, Integrated Policy-making for Sustainable Development

  • UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (www.unpei.org) is a joint programme to help countries develop their capacity to “mainstream” poverty-environment linkages into national development planning processes, such as PRSP’s and MDG Achievement Strategiest.

  • Environmental Mainstreaming in EC Development Cooperation Portal (http://www.envirosecurity.org/actionguide/view.php?r=15&m=webresources) provides information and access to resources to help in mainstreaming environment in development cooperation. Contains links to official documents and institutions of the EU and a variety of information on the links between environment and development.
  • UNDP: Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development. The UNDP Environmental Mainstreaming Strategy outlines the history and background of environmental mainstreaming initiatives and activities in UNDP as well as opportunities and lessons learned from environmental mainstreaming in policy, programming, and operational processes
    (see: http://www.undp.org/fssd/priorityareas/docs/envmainstrat.doc)

  • NEP Division of Environmental Conventions convened a High-Level Brainstorming Workshop for MEAs on Mainstreaming Environment Beyond MDG 7 on 13-14 July 2005 at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi (For a report, see; http://www.unep.org/dec/support/mdg_meeting.html)

  • The Poverty Environment Partnership (www.povertyenvironment.net/pep/) is an informal network of donor agencies, multilaterals and some research-focused international NGOs which seeks to improve the coordination of work on poverty reduction and the environment within the framework of internationally agreed principles and processes for sustainable development. See www.undp.org/pei/peppapers.html for the papers produced by the PEP.

  • Green Economy Coalition (www.greeneconomycoalition.org) - brings together environment, development, trade union, consumer and business sectors, North and South. It is committed to a common cause: accelerating a transition to a new green economy. The GEC fosters a common understanding of green economy themes, and promotes learning, creativity and innovation across sectors.

  • SDplanNet-Asia&Pacific (www.sdplannet-ap.org) is a network of professionals involved in development planning in the Asia-Pacific region. It was established to help professional planners share innovative tools and approaches for integrating sustainable development into plans, strategies and budgeting processes at national, sub-national and local levels.

  • Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (http://povertyandconservation.info/en/) is a forum for promoting dialogue and fostering learning between key stakeholders, from a range of backgrounds, on the links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. One of its key strategies is to collect, synthesise and disseminate relevant information. The website provides various searchable databases: bibliography, organisations, initiatives, and case studies. It also lists events, posts documents, hosts a practiitioners exchange forum, and provides links to other sites of interest, methodologies and tools.
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