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.
p>What is the link between the rule of law and poverty?
Skyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world's largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.
In many developing countries, forestry policies systematically exclude the poor from the wealth of the forests around them. Senegal provides an interesting example of how even good policies can fail to deliver the benefits they are intended to provide.
Man-made flood-control systems—such as levees, upstream dams, and canals—continue to be responsible for widespread damage to the New Orleans and Louisiana landscapes.