Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction (MEPR) is a RETA financed by the Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), a multi-donor trust fund administered by ADB. MEPR expands on the progress made under the Poverty and Environment Program, the first RETA funded under PEF, in promoting accelerated learning and innovative approaches on poverty-environment linkages. It is also opening up new opportunities for mainstreaming environmental considerations into ADB operations and business processes. Its grants program supports both pilot interventions and targeted analytical studies. The focal areas are: protection, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services; reduction of air and water pollution; and disaster prevention and reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards.
|Project Name||Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Land-based natural resources management - Water-based natural resources management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction (MEPR) is a RETA financed by the Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), a multi-donor trust fund administered by ADB. MEPR expands on the progress made under the Poverty and Environment Program, the first RETA funded under PEF, in promoting accelerated learning and innovative approaches on poverty-environment linkages. It is also opening up new opportunities for mainstreaming environmental considerations into ADB operations and business processes. Its grants program supports both pilot interventions and targeted analytical studies. The focal areas are: protection, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services; reduction of air and water pollution; and disaster prevention and reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Strategy 2020 identified environmentally sustainable growth as one of the main complementary development agendas of ADB and established the environment as one of the key operational areas. MEPR has helped advance ADB's environment agenda and has demonstrated key linkages between environmental sustainability and poverty reduction.|
|Impact||Increased implementation of sound environmental management practices by developing member countries (DMCs).|
|Description of Outcome||Integration of environment objectives in ADB operations and business processes is enhanced.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Subproject interventions supporting poverty reduction and improvement in living conditions are successfully implemented.
2. Increased environment capacity in resident missions and in environment agencies in DMCs.
3. Knowledge on povertyenvironment linkages captured and disseminated.
4. Adequate management and administration of the TA is in place.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||1. Poverty Environment Specialist (36 person months International) 2. TA Administration Specialist (36 person months National) 3. Environment Specialists (180 person months National) 4. Website Administrator (24 person months National) 5. Website Design Specialist (6 person months National)|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kunzer, Mark|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||SDES*|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||14 Mar 2007|
|Fact Finding||11 Mar 2007 to 25 Mar 2007|
|Approval||29 Nov 2007|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||18 Oct 2007|
|Last PDS Update||19 Nov 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|29 Nov 2007||-||29 Nov 2007||31 Dec 2011||31 Mar 2014||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||5,524,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,524,000.00||29 Nov 2007||4,661,535.58|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Sep 2014|
|Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Mar 2010|
|Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Jul 2008|
|Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction (Financed by the Poverty and Environment Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2007|
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Life after Smokey Mountain: Recycling Provides Livelihood Opportunities in Manila's Dump SiteWith support from ADB's Poverty and Environment Fund, a multi-purpose cooperative in the Philippines demonstrated how communities working together can improve livelihood opportunities while also looking after the environment.
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Resettled Communities in Viet Nam Learn New SkillsCommunities resettled due to hydropower projects in Viet Nam have learned new skills and boosted incomes by patrolling forests to reduce illegal logging.
Recycling Profits the Poor in PhilippinesA waste management cooperative supported by the Poverty and Environment Fund in Manila’s impoverished Smokey Mountain has brought residents together in a quest for more profitable and healthier livelihoods.
Turning Trash into Treasure in ManilaA multipurpose cooperative is thriving in Manila's impoverished Smokey Mountain through recycling and other profitable enterprises.
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Earning a Living by Preserving the Environment in Viet NamProtecting forest land is a source of livelihood for farming communities that were displaced to make way for hydropower projects.
Biodiversity Corridor Is Source of Livelihood in Viet Nam's Central HighlandsWith support from ADB's Poverty and Environment Fund, a program promoting the development of a biodiversity corridor in Viet Nam's Lam Dong province provides a model for encouraging alternative livelihoods and conserving forests.
Forest Protection Boosts Income for Viet Nam FarmersThe ADB Poverty and Environment Fund helps Viet Nam Central Highlands farmers shift to sustainable agriculture while protecting forests. This has raised incomes and helped preserve the region's unique biodiversity.
Enlisting Farmers to Preserve Central Viet Nam's EcosystemIn Viet Nam's Quang Nam province, resettled farmers receive payments through ADB's Poverty and Environment Fund for maintaining the region's forest cover.