The government is going to pilot "poverty environment accounts (PEA)" system soon, reports UNB.
PEA helps to get coherent quantification and practical link between the poverty and environment and thus formulate policies and plans to address poverty-environment nexus.
By developing the system, the government will get poverty-environment and GIS spatial data and statistics to further measure and analyse the poverty-environment nexus, considering the broad recognition that the poverty and environment has strong links.
Implemented by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Poverty Environment Initiative (UNPEI) are providing technical and financial support to develop the system.
The two have three key links --- access to and distribution of natural resources; distribution of benefits derived from natural resources and condition of natural resources and their capacity to provide benefits to people.
To start the process, a three-day expert group training workshop, organised by BBS, on piloting the PEA system began on Monday at its (BBS) auditorium in the city.
KM Mozammel Hoq, secretary of Statistics and Informatics Division (SID), under the planning ministry was present at the inaugural session of the three-day training. Bikash Kishore Das, additional secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division (SID) at the ministry was present.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said, "It is very important to find out the linkages between poverty and environmental degradation and it will surely help formulate further policies and planning."
About 60 government officials from different ministries, divisions and agencies took part in the training.