International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Evaluating Poverty-Environment Dynamics

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Developing indicators to more effectively evaluate poverty-environment dynamics and inform policy is an urgent research priority. It is critical that these indicators are used in ways that accurately represent the relationship they are meant to inform. This article evaluates the theory and use of poverty-environment indicators, a relatively new tool developed to aid in the design and evaluation of poverty reduction strategies in the context of environmental change. We argue that while they have great potential, in their current form and use, poverty-environment indicators may contribute to critical misunderstandings of processes on the ground. These issues stem from a problematic and largely unacknowledged process of simplifying particular poverty-environment relationships. This article lays out the problematic character of this simplification process, and suggests how we might address these problems to create more useful understandings of poverty-environment dynamics to inform policy. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Publication Title

International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Volume

16

Issue

2

First Page

87

Last Page

93

ISSN

1350-4509

DOI

10.1080/13504500902808792

Keywords

development policy, poverty reduction strategies, poverty-environment assessment, poverty-environment indicators, sustainable development, poverty

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