Mauritania: Mainstreaming Local Environmental Management in the Planning Process
The aim of this Joint Programme was to ensure environmental issues are taken into account in the planning processes of poverty reduction activities. Taking a bottom up approach, the Programme focused on tackling challenges linked to achieving the MDGs, based on two strategic outcomes.
i) The implementation of a portfolio of participative environmental and poverty reduction projects designed to achieve sustainable management of natural resources and the promotion of hygiene and sanitation, while giving priority to national ownership and sustainable development.
ii) The programme aimed to strengthen the country’s capacity to mainstream environmental issues into the national planning process.
The project was implemented by the Ministry Delegate for the Environment, in collaboration with relevant departments, local communities, NGOs and grass roots organisations (CBOs).
The joint programme was launched in August 2008 and was closed in Febraury 2012.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Plant cover has increased significantly due to conservation and regeneration of hundreds of hectares of land.
- Increased access to clean water and sanitation has reduced the incidence of diarrhoeal disease. Household incomes have increased.
- National and regional anti-poverty planning is incorporating environmental issues. Participatory training is being provided for NGOs and decentralized government bodies.