|AUTHOR||Poverty-Environment Partnership Programme|
|ORGANIZATION||United Nations Development Programme|
|TOPIC||Child poverty and disparities|
The world's poor depend critically on fertile soil, clean water and healthy ecosystems for their livelihoods and well-being. This reliance creates complex, dynamic internactions between environmental conditions, people's access to and control over environmental resources and poverty. Understanding the nature of these relationships is a prerequisite for enduring success in the fight against poverty. Yet, the central importance of environment for poverty reduction, and the economic case for pro-poor investment in environmental assets, remains dishearteningly unfamiliar to many. As a result, the environmental concerns of the poor all too often are marginalized within the context of national development planning and efforts to reach the MDGs.