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10th Poverty Environment Partnership Meeting

30 January - 1 February 2007 | Nairobi, Kenya

Summary report

4 February 2007

PEP-10 Meeting Highlights

The Poverty Environment Partnership's 10th meeting (PEP-10) was held in UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 January to 01 February 2007. The overall theme for the proceedings was "Country experiences in mainstreaming environment into national development processes."

PEP-10 opened on Tuesday 30 January 2007, with approximately ninety participants in attendance, including representatives from developing country governments, donor organizations, and international and national NGOs and research institutes. In the morning, participants heard welcoming addresses by Peter Hazlewood, UNDP, and David Smith, UNEP, who outlined the agenda and objectives of the meeting. In a video message, Olav Kjørven, Director, UNDP Environment and Energy Group, highlighted increasing cooperation between UNDP and UNEP in line with the UN system-wide transformation.

Participants heard presentations on mainstreaming environment into national development processes from: Ruzika Muheto, National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Tanzania; John Nyangena, Ministry of Planning and National Development (MPND), Kenya, and Alex Forbes, UNDP; and Alex Mulisa, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). These presentations highlighted the successes and challenges of environment mainstreaming in national and subnational policy processes. In ensuing discussions, participants praised the levels of progress demonstrated by the country-level experiences and debated issues including how to encourage cross-sectoral policy involvement, the importance of inclusion of poor peoples’ perspectives and the limited involvement of the private sector in environmental mainstreaming.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held, with presentations on poverty environment mainstreaming experiences from India, Chile and Kenya by members of the Regional and International Networking Group (RING) and reflections on the day’s discussions. In the evening, participants attended a reception hosted by UNEP.

On Wednesday morning, in a session chaired by Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen (Denmark), participants undertook a participatory exercise, reflecting on the previous day’s outcomes. Discussion focused on stakeholder involvement, donor coordination, data and information, and implementation of plans and strategies at country level.

Participants heard presentations on: environment for the MDGs - scaling up the UNDP-UNEP PEI, by Peter Hazlewood, UNDP, and David Smith, UNEP; a “user guide” on poverty environment (PE) mainstreaming approaches and tools and the role of local organizations, by Steve Bass, IIED; and poverty reduction and water management, by Joakim Harlin, UNDP, and John Soussan, Stockholm Environment Institute.

In the afternoon, during a session chaired by Jan Bojo, World Bank, presentations were held on: budget support and implications for development, by Gareth Martin, DFID; and environmental integration into programme-based approaches, by Ian Myles, CIDA, Canada.

A panel discussion was held on donor harmonization on PE issues in Africa. Statements were made by five panelists: Simon Le Grand, EC, on country environmental profiles; Tamene Tiruneh, CIDA, Ethiopia, on harmonization architecture in Ethiopia; Seán Doolan, DFID, on linking in with country and regional programmes; Merete Villum Pedersen, Danish International Development Agency (Danida), on Danida’s role in donor coordination in Tanzania; and Daniele Ponzi, African Development Bank, on strategic environmental assessments in Africa.

Following the panel presentations, participants discussed: challenges in ensuring donor assistance reflecting specific country needs; continued focus on country systems; and the vital role of the PEP to ensure continued collective action on issues such as country experiences in PE mainstreaming. Discussions continued in breakout groups.

On Thursday morning, Olof Drakenberg, SIDA, summarized the previous day's sessions and participants heard feedback from break out group sessions on local-level implementation, donor harmonization, and connecting with ministries of finance.

A number of meetings and processes were announced; Jan Bojo, World Bank, presented on the African Conference on Growth, Poverty, Environment to be held in September 2007; Harald Lossack, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), provided an update on an upcoming international conference on Environmental Fiscal Reforms; Piet Klop, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, outlined activities under umbrella of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Development Cooperation Directorate initiative ENVIRONET. Paul Steele, UNDP, updated participants on the ADB-hosted PEP website; Dan Tunstall, World Resources Institute, overviewed the mapping of poverty and ecosystems experiences in East Africa, and Simon Le Grand, EC, provided an update on EC and EU member States’ activities with regard to PE mainstreaming. 

In a closing session, developing country representatives and members of the RING alliance had an opportunity to provide feedback on the utility of the PEP and PEP-10 in particular. Numerous contributions underscored the informative value of the meeting, urged action to match the theory, and increased and deeper participation by developing country governments. 

Joining the meeting for a closing reflection, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, stressed the centrality of the PEP’s work to UNEP activities.

Participants during the opening session
Participants watching a video message from Olav Kjørven, UNDP Environment and Energy Group, who highlighted increasing cooperation between UNDP and UNEP.
Blandina Cheche; and Rizika Muheto, National Environment Management Council (NEMC) Tanzania, stressed donor harmonization and response to the poverty environment links including alliances with cross-cutting issues of gender and HIV/AIDS.
The morning session.
Merete Villum Pedersen, Danish International Development Agency (Danida), Tanzania.
Peter Hazlewood, UNDP, welcomed participants to the PEP meeting.
Steve Bass, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), addressed challenges and next steps in environmental mainstreaming, which he said should be driven by a desire to make environment a driver of development.
John Nyangena, Ministry of Planning and National Development, Kenya, presented on Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Kenya's activities in mainstreaming environment.
Victoria Muishi, Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Tanzania.
Alex Mulisa, Rwanda PEI, Rwanda, indicated that they conducted an economic analysis of the cost of environmental degradation.
Panel discussion - Regional and International Networking Group, RING
Participants during the panel discussion.
George Varughese, Development Alternatives, India, stated that, given the scale of environmental issues, bottom up approaches were inadequate.

Presenting on the Latin American situation, Hernan Blanco, Research and Resource for Sustainable Development (RIDES), Chile, elaborated on the multi-faceted relationship between poverty and environment.

Judi Wakhungu, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) Kenya, asked participants to consider how to promote effective partnerships between governments, donors and NGOs in mainstreaming environment in development policy processes.
IISD RS team. L-R: Nienke Beintema, Netherlands, Leonie Gordon, UK; and Atieno Ndomo, Kenya.
Books, policy documents, research briefs and other publications on display during the meeting.
On Wednesday morning, participants undertook a participatory exercise, reflecting on the previous day’s outcomes.
Group discussions. L-R: Jan Bojo, World Bank; John Fanshawe, BirdLife International; and Hazell S. Thompson, BirdLife International.
Partcipants held group discussions on mainstreaming poverty environment issues.
Panel discussions. L-R: Daniele Ponzi, African Development Bank; Merete Villum Pedersen, Danida, Tanzania; Jan Bojo, World Bank (chair); Seán Doolan, DFID, UK; Tiruneh Tamene, CIDA, Ethiopia; and Simon Le Grand, European Commission (EC).
L-R: Seán Doolan, DFID, UK; Tiruneh Tamene, CIDA, Ethiopia; and Simon Le Grand, EC, discussing the importance of joint assistance strategies.
Jan Bojo, World Bank, chaired the panel discussion on donor harmonization on poverty environment issues in Africa.
PEP-10 participants group photo.

Before returning to their discussions on donor harmonization, PEP-10 participants enjoyed a brief moment of sunshine while posing for their group photo at UNEP Headquarters in Gigiri.

David Smith (R), UNEP, welcomes Achim Steiner (L), Executive Director, UNEP, to PEP-10.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, addressed PEP-10 participants.
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