The relationship between poverty and environmental degradation is interwoven – with each factor influencing the other. People in poverty are forced to live in environmentally degraded areas due to affordability and availability of land. They are also more likely to rely on natural resource related livelihoods such as agriculture and fisheries. In addition the poor are more vulnerable to shocks and are less able to recover from or withstand shocks such as natural disasters. Climate change will further aggravate these risk factors.
CEPA’s thematic area on environment and climate change, aims to explore the nexus between poverty and the environment. It will explore the different ways poor communities deal with environmental challenges to understand and measure how changes in the environment impact the poor and the impact their activities have on the environment. The objective is to find ways to use this evidence to increase the integration of environmental factors into development agendas/ programmes towards wider application of sustainable development. While our work revolves broadly on addressing sustainability, we are also exploring sustainability in agriculture and fisheries, in the urban sector as well as in concepts such as green economies.
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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