The Launch of the Environment Management Guide for Australia’s Aid Program 2012
23 August, 2012
A woman walks along the Buriganga River whose banks are made of piles of rubbish. Photo: G.M.B. Akash / Panos Pictures
In many developing countries, the natural environment is the foundation of people’s wellbeing and livelihoods, particularly those living in poor, rural areas. When the environment degrades, the world’s poor have reduced access to the natural resources they depend on. They are also more exposed to risks. These risks can be directly linked to their environment, such as diseases from polluted water or air, or indirectly, through greater vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.
AusAID’s new Environment Management Guide for Australia’s Aid Program 2012 outlines how AusAID considers the environment of people living in poverty in implementing its programs and draws on best practice from around the world.
The guide will help our development partners understand how to address and manage the environment to the benefit of disadvantaged communities.
The guide also helps AusAID to meet the standards of our domestic laws in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Environment Management Guide for Australia’s Aid Program 2012
Last Reviewed: 23 August, 2012