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Networking and capacity-building for poverty alleviation through community-based development in the areas affected by environmental degradation implementation and monitoring in progress


This project aims at strengthening community and local government capacities to formulate policies and implement projects and programmes for community-based development and poverty eradication in regions suffering environmental degradation, in particular the shortage and contamination of water resources and the recession of forests.


To build capacity and establish networks for the formulation and implementation of policies aimed at poverty eradication through community development in areas that are affected by environmental degradation in Central and South-East Asia

Expected accomplishments:

  • Strengthening of social capital through the establishment of networks of local governments, NGOs, organizations of civil society and other stakeholders involved in community development in selected regions of Central and South-East Asia
  • Enhancement of the capacity of local and national institutions to formulate and implement community development programmes, projects and action-oriented training for poverty eradication with linkages to measures for environmental protection
  • Implementation of small-scale productive activities, determined and designed by participating institutions, to provide people living in poverty in environmentally sensitive areas with opportunities for income generation through sustainable utilization of local resources

Effects and Impact:

The project has resulted in the enhanced partnership and information sharing among stakeholders have already been established among the participating organizations in the ten project countries. Two sub-regional meetings were held for strategic visioning exercises with broad participation among stakeholders of the two regions and led to the formulation of grass-root level micro project proposals on poverty/environment nexus issues for the participating countries, including national and local level governments, NGOs, the private sector, and community-based organizations. Local level workshops in each of the five participating countries in Southeast Asia focused a variety of issues, including stakeholder identification, activities to be promoted, identification of needs for training and capacity-building, strategies for effective coordination, and networking with concerned organizations.