Poverty Environment Initiative Phase II (JSP-PEI II)

About the project

  Bhutan hosts the first international PEI Workshop in 2012. Participants with UNDP, Minister of Labour & Human Resources and the GNHC Secretary. PHOTO SONAM TSOKI TENZIN © UNDP BHUTAN

The UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) focuses on mainstreaming P-E issues into national plans, sectoral strategies, environmental policies, economic decision making and sub- national planning to foster change in institutions, policies and investments.

PEI Phase 1 in Bhutan was implemented between July 2008 - December 2009. The focus of PEI in Bhutan is on strengthening capacities of targeted central and local authorities to integrate poverty- environment concerns. The implementation is coordinated by the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) with other partners from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance, the National Environment Commission, Local governments and CSOs/NGOs involved in poverty and environment initiatives.

The second phase of PEI Bhutan Country programme has been designed as a joint programme with Denmark/Representation Office of Denmark (RoD), titled the Joint Support Programme (JSP): Capacity Development to Mainstream Environment, Climate Change and Poverty (ECP) into policies, plans and programmes. JSP commenced implementation from January 10 and will end in December 2013.

Project Outline

The programme aims to develop the capacity of central and local level government agencies and of selected civil society organizations to mainstream pro-poor environment and climate concerns (ECP) in planning, investment and decision making process.

The JSP has three components:

  • Strengthen national level capacity that facilitates national and local five year planning and implementation by mainstreaming environment, climate change and poverty (ECP) concerns in policies and programmes.
  • Strengthened local level capacity to formulate and implement five year development plans and annual plans in which environment, climate and poverty concerns are mainstreamed.
  • Increased Resilience and Adaptation Capacity of the Local Communities for Climate Change as the Local Global Pilot


Donors Amount (USD)
UNDP Core Resources  
Total budget $ 970, 000

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