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Environmental Impacts

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she takes to ensure that aid monies allocated have a positive or neutral environmental consequence. [111525]

All DFID programmes promote sustainable development through poverty reduction. We have mandatory procedures to ensure that environmental opportunities and risks are taken account of—and these have recently been strengthened by new guidance for DFID staff to emphasise environmental opportunities.We have a growing team of environment staff who work with our country partners to integrate environmental issues into Poverty Reduction Strategies, which form the basis for DFID support in low-income countries.