The reality of global poverty is that it is rural and it is persistent: three-quarters of the 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 per day—almost 2 billion—live in rural areas; that number is virtually unchanged in 20 years.
The bulk of the world's wealth exists not as natural capital or physical capital (such as buildings, roads, or goods) but as human, social, and institutional capital.
To better understand the need and potential for scaling up environmental income and resilience through good ecosystem stewardship, consider the plight of inland fisheries in Bangladesh.
p>Worsening ecosystem trends and the close connection between poverty and the environment drive home the need to scale up income for the poor in a way that helps arrest rather than exacerbate environ
The following table highlights the key ingredients for successfully scaling up ecosystem-based enterprises to reduce poverty and build resilience.
Examples of Landsat sample blocks characterized to estimate forest cover and change from 2000 to 2005. Each block covers 18.532 km per side and has
Total forest clearing over the study period is estimated to be 27.2 million
The relative stability of St. Lucia’s shoreline was evaluated using the coastal protection framework developed by IMA and WRI.
The relative stability of Tobago’s shoreline was evaluated using the coastal protection framework developed by IMA and WRI.
Much of St. Lucia’s coastline is bordered by near shore, fringing reefs.
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