The “Participants’ Handbook on Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Local Planning and Management” is a reference material as well as a workbook for the LGU participants to successfully plan out the inclusion of environment in their major poverty reduction and development programs, projects and activities. The Handbook has six modules designed as an integrated curriculum, where each topic builds on the previous one, moving from the more fundamental topic to more complex ones. The topics are also meant to relate to each other, so that the participants can comprehend the links between the different processes towards putting the matching imperatives of pro-poor economic growth and environmental sustainability at the core of local development planning, also known as mainstreaming poverty and environment linkages. The topics included in the Handbook could aid the participants not only in learning, identifying and later reducing the gaps between institutions, policies and even belief systems, but also in making environmental management and poverty reduction as two priorities for policy development, program or project identification and implementation.
Upon completion of the modules, the participant is expected to be able to: (i) comprehend the concept and processes of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages; (ii) explain how environment is related to livelihoods, health conditions, and economic development; (iii) apply different technical capacities to analyze the socioeconomic, environmental, political and institutional contexts of a local government unit towards identification of programs, projects, activities, measures or initiatives; (iv) allocate budgets from revenues from natural wealth; (v) develop a re-entry action plan; and (vi) gather and learn the experiences of mainstreaming efforts through monitoring and evaluation processes.