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Building Natural Assets: New Strategies for Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection

January 1, 2001

Building the natural asset base of the poor would enable them to capture the flows of income and non-income benefits provided by these assets, helping to reduce poverty. Pro-poor natural asset building strategies could also advance two further social goals: environmental protection, which aims to safeguard the rights of current and future generations as a whole to a healthy environment; and environmental justice, which aims to ensure that this right is enjoyed equally by all.