CDKN releases new Policy Brief: Climate change and poverty reduction

CDKN’s new Policy Brief on vlimate change and poverty reduction outlines the impacts of climate change on achieving and sustaining development goals. It reviews the evidence gap on climate effects on poverty, and recommends how to ensure effective development in the face of climate change.
The brief, written by Simon Anderson, Head of Climate Change Group at IIED, explores how climate change is making it increasingly difficult to achieve and sustain development goals and Anderson suggests some basic principles to guide policy-makers in locking in and achieving further development gains in a changing climate.

Key messages from the Policy Brief:

  • More variable climates are making it harder for the poor to climb out and stay out of poverty.
  • Stronger evidence is required on how climate makes poverty harder to eradicate.
  • For development to be climate-resilient, policy instruments to reduce poverty and enable adaptation must be integrated, and designed in a way that includes the climate-vulnerable poor.
  • Identifying how mitigation strategies can also reduce poverty and support adaptation is an important part of climate-resilient development.

The brief can be downloaded for free at: http://cdkn.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/CDKN_poverty-reduction_FINAL.pdf

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