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Sustainable Consumption and Production for Poverty Alleviation

Sustainable Consumption and Production for Poverty Alleviation

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This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paper constructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios and empirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A number of case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urban development are provided, to validate this theoretical framework. These case studies identify and where possible quantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns. The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlaps and complementarities between them. The papers conclusions highlight the economic and social gains for developing countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains natures productive ecosystems.
This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paper constructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios and empirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A number of case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urban development are provided, to validate this theoretical framework. These case studies identify and where possible quantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns. The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlaps and complementarities between them. The papers conclusions highlight the economic and social gains for developing countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains natures productive ecosystems.

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on Aug 10, 2012
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This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumptionand production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paperconstructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios andempirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A numberof case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urbandevelopment are provided, to validate this theoretical framework. These case studies identify and where possiblequantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns.The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlapsand complementarities between them. The paper’s conclusions highlight the economic and social gains fordeveloping countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains nature’s productive ecosystems.
Acknowledgements
Authors:
Professor Paul Ekins and Dr. Xavier Lemaire, UCL Energy Institute, University College London, UK
 
The authors are grateful to Charles Arden-Clarke, Adriana Zacarias and Fabienne Pierre of the SCP Branch, andAsad Naqvi of the Economics and Trade Branch, all of the Division of Economics, Technology and Industry,UNEP, for their inputs and comments.
 
Supervision and coordination:
Charles Arden-Clarke, Head of the Goods and Services Unit, SustainableConsumption and Production (SCP) Branch and Adriana Zacarias, Programme Officer, SCP Branch, UnitedNations Environment Programme (UNEP)
 
Design / Layout:
Shabani Ely Katembo
 
Copyright @ United Nations Environment Programme, 2012 
This technical paper may be reproduced in whole or in part and in any form for educational or non-profit purposeswithout special permission from the copyright holder, provided acknowledgement of the source is made. UNEPwould appreciate receiving a copy of any publication that uses this paper as a source.No use of this technical paper may be made for resale or for any other commercial purpose whatsoever withoutprior permission in writing from the United Nations Environment Programme.
Disclaimer
 The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression ofany opinion whatsoever on the part of the United NationsEnvironment Programme concerning the legal status of any country,territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning delimitation ofits frontiers or boundaries. Moreover, the views expressed do notnecessarily represent the decision or the stated policy of the UnitedNations Environment Programme, nor does citing of trade names orcommercial processes constitute endorsement.
 
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SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTIONFOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION

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