Undertaking applied study on the integration of environmental and developmental activities in national development plans. Environmental aspects of development co-operation cannot be viewed separately from the overall development policy framework. Policy coherence between development cooperation and other policies must be fostered through more systematic analysis of environmental issues with particular attention to the links between poverty and environment.
Multilateral environmental agreements and environmental capacity building efforts in partner countries require a strong emphasis on global environmental issues, such as climate change, desertification and bio-diversity, which are of concern both to developing and to developed countries. Enhanced environmental integration and assessment procedures are required for all co-operation activities, from the policy level to the individual projects. In this respect, the basis is laid for a harmonised environment integration approach across all developing countries. regular and systematic evaluation of progress made in integrating environmental concerns and the use of indicators is required along with institutional and organisational arrangements to back up the political commitment to environmental integration and to ensure the high quality of the outputs.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) produces country environmental profiles to assess the country's natural resource potential in relation to its economic growth. A typical country profile 1) documents the condition of a country's environment and the human activities and other socioeconomic factors that influence natural resource use and management; 2) describes the existing legal and institutional framework for managing natural resources and the environment; 3) identifies and analyzes government policies, development strategies, programme priorities and investment needs related to natural resource use and environmental management; 4) identifies areas of congruity and conflict between economic development and the sustained use of natural resources; and 5) establishes an analytical framework for resolving conflicts in the existing use and planned allocation of natural resources. Most profiles conclude with recommendations for changes in environmental and development policies and actions to be taken to promote sustainable development. The profiles are developed as a result of dialogue with host-country leaders, development agency personnel and national resource experts. They have been produced for approximately 70 developing countries.
On 20 October 1999, the European Commission adopted a Communication to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament on [Integrating Environment and Sustainable Development into Economic and Development Cooperation Policy]. It is a contribution to the ongoing process of integrating environment into key European Union policies as required by the [Amsterdam Treaty]. The Communication presents a comprehensive framework for integrating environmental considerations into EU cooperation with all developing countries. It seeks to support developing countries' own efforts to identify and respond to environmental issues and to integrate environmental considerations into their policies. Increased dialogue with partner countries and their national strategies for sustainable development are particularly important in this regard.