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Rewarding Upland Poor for Environmental Services (RUPES)
This is a program for developing mechanisms for rewarding the upland poor in Asia for the environmental services they provide (RUPES). The objective of the program is to enhance the livelihoods and reduce poverty of the upland poor while supporting environmental conservation on biodiversity protection, watershed management, carbon sequestration and landscape beauty at local and global levels.
SAARC Secretariat, Nepal
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established when its Charter was formally adopted on December 8, 1985 by the Heads of State or Government of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAARC provides a platform for the peoples of South Asia to work together in a spirit of friendship, trust and understanding. It aims to accelerate the process of economic and social development in Member States.
Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM)
The Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) programme aims to deepen and broaden the exposure of economic researchers and policy advisors in developing countries to the theory and methods of natural resource management and environmental economics. The sustainable use of natural resources is typically seen as a cost rather than an investment. To overcome this misconception, a better understanding is required of the reciprocal links between poverty and the environment. It is envisaged that this will encourage effective policy change in developing countries with the joint goals of poverty reduction and sustainable environmental management.