Nature and Nurture: Poverty and Environment in Asia and the Pacific

Publication | April 2009
Nature and Nurture: Poverty and Environment in Asia and the Pacific

This publication provides an overview of poverty-environment interactions and shows how poor communities in Asia and the Pacific fight poverty through local actions that improved their environment.

Overcoming environmental degradation is necessary if we are to reduce poverty. This is especially true in Asia and the Pacific, where two thirds of the world's poor live. Environmental degradation in the region is pervasive and it is accelerating.

This publication provides an overview of poverty-environment interactions and presents some of these case studies and others that show how poor communities in Asia and the Pacific have sought to break out of poverty through local actions that improved their environment or made them less vulnerable to environmental stress.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Sustaining Natural Resources and Reducing Poverty
  • Improving Urban Environmental Quality and Reducing Poverty
  • Reducing the Environmental Vulnerability of the Poor
  • Lessons
  • Looking Ahead
  • Appendixes