Published: Wednesday 30 November 2005

The Poverty Net
Launched on23 September 2005, the websitetries to promote poverty-environment initiatives by providing a dedicated platform for collecting and sharing knowledge and experience on the poverty-environment linkages and the lessons learned in responding to poverty-environment challenges. Established on a neutral domain, it is fundedthrough the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Poverty and Environment Programme and co-financed by ADB and the governments of Norway and Sweden.As the websiteclaims, it "...seeks tofostercollaboration with all potentially interested poverty and environmentstakeholders from Asia and other parts of the world...".

The user can search documents under different focal areas (natural resource, pollution and health, environmental vulnerability), region (Asia- Pacific, Americas, Middle East, Europe, Africa) or country or just by using a simple built-in search engine. The website is an important information source on poverty-environment linkages, which has been neglected for a long time but receiving increasing focus now. On the downside, the site seems to advocate too much for achieving the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate poverty. However, it offers opportunities for its users to share any information and knowledge on poverty-environment relationship. The website also encourages NGOs, academic/ research institutions and other developmental agencies to share innovative experiences.

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