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Principle 3 
 
Environmental Sustainability

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  • Sustainable management, protection, conservation, maintenance and rehabilitation of natural habitats and their associated biodiversity and ecosystem functions are fundamental to UNDP’s efforts to develop and implement sustainable development pathways. UNDP seeks to address poverty and inequality while maintaining and enhancing natural capital.
  • Sustainable management, protection, conservation, maintenance and rehabilitation of natural habitats and their associated biodiversity and ecosystem functions are funda­mental to UNDP’s efforts to develop and implement sustainable development pathways. UNDP seeks to address poverty and inequality while maintaining and enhancing natural capital.
  • UNDP will ensure that environmental sustainability is system- atically mainstreamed into its Programmes and Projects. In designing development cooperation activities, UNDP will seek to support Programme Countries and Implementing Partners to address the environmental dimensions (both opportunities and constraints) of major development issues and to strengthen environmental management and protection.​
  • UNDP uses and promotes a precautionary approach (17) to natural resource conservation and reviews its development cooperation activities to ensure they do not cause negative environmental effects. UNDP requires the application of relevant social and environmental standards to avoid adverse environmental impacts, or where avoidance is not possible, to minimize, mitigate, and as a last resort, offset and compensate for potential residual adverse impacts.
  • UNDP will assist Programme Countries and Implementing Partners to integrate low-emission, climate-resilient objectives into national and sectoral development plans and will ensure that supported Programmes and Projects enhance climate resiliency and avoid unwarranted increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, instead enhancing efficiency and reducing GHG intensity.​

Footnotes:
(17) See Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development,(1992) noting that the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent serious threats of environmental degradation, available at http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?documentid=78&articleid=1163​.
 
 

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  UN/UNDP Guidance and Tools
Handbook on Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning - See more at: http://www.unpei.org/knowledge-resources/publications/handbook-on-mainstreaming-poverty-environment-linkages-into-development-planning-2009#sthash.ZDtqXdtn.dpu