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Stories of change from the joint UNDP-UNEP poverty-environment initiative

This booklet, prepared by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on behalf of the UNDP-UNEP poverty-environment initiative (PEI), captures experiences of various stakeholders ranging from the government level to vulnerable groups in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malawi, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Uruguay. These case studies examine how national and local institutional processes can promote poverty reduction and growth while addressing environmental protection. Examples include: Lao PDR’s new rulebook for foreign investment in natural resources to boost local benefits; Malawi changing course after analysing the real costs and benefits of policy choices; Bangladesh’s pioneering new ‘climate change accounts’ to reveal the real cost of adaptation; Tajikistan integrating poverty-environment concerns into its development planning; and Uruguay’s efforts to use the law to catalyse the transition to an inclusive green economy.