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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Cover of Environment - WSSD 2002: Australia's Overseas Aid Program fact sheet


WSSD 2002: Australia's Overseas Aid Program fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002

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About the fact sheet

People in developing countries suffer the most from environmental degradation. This is because these people depend heavily on the environment for their livelihood. Seventy per cent of jobs in East Asia, the Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa rely on agriculture, forestry and fisheries. This proportion is higher among those who live in mainly in rural areas.

Land degradation, deforestation, and the destruction of fisheries all directly undermine the livelihoods of the rural poor. In urban areas, overcrowding, inadequate sanitation, pollution, and natural disasters affect the health of the poor, making it harder for them to earn a living.