Environment and development



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The objective of the DAC Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) is to ensure that all development co-operation contributes to sustainable development, by building on and integrating principles of sound environmental management and thus contributing to low carbon, climate-resilient and equitable growth and development pathways.

Our mandate

In pursuing this objective, ENVIRONET recognises the increasing risks posed by global challenges, especially to poor people and to reducing poverty: climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, pollution and resource scarcity impact vulnerable people the most, threaten to reverse poverty reduction and undermine development gains made. ENVIRONET further recognises the indispensability of inter alia, access to affordable renewable and efficient energy, water and sanitation, and environmentally sustainable use of natural resources.

ENVIRONET will undertake analysis and evidence-based approaches to support and promote environmental sustainability and resource efficiency in support of low-carbon and climate resilient growth and development pathways, designed to deliver improved livelihood opportunities especially for the most vulnerable people. Drawing on the knowledge, experience and practice of its members and non-member participants, ENVIRONET will:

  • Analyse and review policies and their implementation, identify lessons learned and good practice and innovative approaches, and provide guidance and recommendations on pertinent challenges within the Network’s area of work;
  • Monitor and support efforts to mobilise, deliver and report in a coherent and transparent manner effective and predictable environment-related development finance, including climate finance, as well as the associated impacts, outcomes and results;
  • Support members’ and partners’ efforts towards equitable and inclusive approaches to green growth and sustainable development, and strengthen the effectiveness of international mechanisms and architecture to govern global environmental public goods.

The objective of ENVIRONET as set out in this mandate are considered to be inalienable to, and essential for, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Rio Conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification, as well as for effective and impactful development co-operation.

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