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Development Co-operation Directorate

Greening Development Co-operation

Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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Published on October 15, 2019

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How can members of the DAC effectively tackle critical environmental challenges and threats – such as climate change, pollution, and loss of soil fertility and biodiversity – in activities supporting the 2030 Agenda in developing countries? Most already have environmental safeguards in place to screen out negative environmental practice, but they need far more robust policies, capacities and approaches for mainstreaming environment across all their development co-operation activities. This report examines five critical areas for mainstreaming: strong policy commitment and leadership; robust systems, processes and tools; capacity and continuous skill development; shared knowledge, learning and engagement; well-supported country systems. On that basis, the report suggests priority actions for the OECD-DAC, its Network on Environment and Development (ENVIRONET) and the wider development community.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Electronic Supplementary Material3 chapters available
Greening Development Co‑operation: EU Report
Greening Development Co‑operation: Sweden Report
Greening Development Co‑operation: Canada Report
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ENVIRONMENT MAINSTREAMING

THE FIVE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR ENVIRONMENT

 1 - Strong policy commitment and leadership2 - Robust systems, processes and tools3 - Capacity and continous skill development4 - Shared knowledge, learning and engagement5 - Well-supported country systems

IMPROVEMENT IS NEEDED IN THE AREAS OF:

 BiodiversityDesertification and loss of soil fertilityPollution, in particular ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ...which is a bigger killer annually than AIDS, TBS and Malaria


The report offers a set of lessons for DAC members and other development co-operation providers hubbed around five key building blocks for environment mainstreaming. These are illustrated by concrete examples of good practice from the Canada, the European Union and Sweden.

COUNTRY REPORTS AND BRIEFING NOTES

Three country reports provide a brief overview and synthesis of lessons from Canada, the European Union and Sweden on their approach to environment mainstreaming. The briefing notes prepared for each peer-learning visit offer further details.

INVENTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES AND GUIDANCE

This inventory contains links to environmental policies and guidance of DAC members and other providers of development co-operation. 

MOVING FORWARD

There is a lot of common ground amongst DAC members in the lessons and challenges of environment mainstreaming. Areas for future collaboration include:

  • Developing peer review guidance
  • Sharing and harmonising mainstreaming tools, materials and facilities
  • Improving engagement with country stakeholders
  • Enhancing coherence and effectiveness of multilateral partners approaches to environmént mainstreaming
  • Filling thematic gaps in mainstreaming
  • Improving systems.
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