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The Environmental lens - results of the project

The Environmental lens was a project initiated by Diakonia and carried out by ten Swedish development organizations between 2011 and 2012. The project has been a great success, and now the final report on the impact of the Environmental lens has been produced.


What is the Environmental lens?

The Environmental lens is a tool to integrate environmental/climate change issues into projects and programs, thereby mainstreaming climate for the organizations using the tool. The lens consists of two primary analyses:

Do we do things right? - about how projects and programmes affect and vice versa, with the purpose of changing practices to a more environmentally friendly approach.

Do we do the right things? - an in-depth analysis of how to address the negative impacts on right holders, the causes of environmental problems, and the lack of capacity of the rights holders, preferably used in the planning process.

How has the Environmental lens been used?

Through 20 workshops in nine different countries, the Environmental has taught to civil society actors and companies in order for them to apply the tool in their respective work. As more actors from more countries got involved and discussed the Environmental lens, the tool was continually developed in order to integrate more perspectives and practices for mainstreaming climate.

To ensure a remaining impact of the Environmental lens, all participating Swedish organizations were also encouraged to integrate the lens into their respective PME-systems.

What results has the Environmental lens achieved?

The outcomes of the project far exceeded the expectations. Here are some examples of that:

Twenty workshops, most of them consisting of two days, was held during the project time, instead of the expected seven.

75  per cent of the participants have used and integrated the Environmental lens in their projects and programmes, far exceeding the goal of 50 per cent.

The environmental lens is used by more than 6 participating Swedish organizations, which is also better than expected.

Impacts in partner organizations

Several of the partner organizations that have taken part in the workshops have also achieved great results with integrating climate in their projects:

The organization Shidhulai in Bangladesh has through the use of the Environmental lens strengthened its rights based approach work and enabled staff to work more closely with climate justice.

The organization Ton, who works with child trafficking in Burkina Faso, saw linkages between climate change and their field of work. Through the use of the Environmental lens, they began raising awareness about climate change and how droughts many times force children to earn their own income, many times through trafficking.

The Palestinian International Business Forum have through the use of the Environmental lens adopted an environmental policy, which for example promotes the usage of locally produced wares instead of imported ones.