As a Market System Development (MSD) program working in the agriculture sector, PRISMA is inevitably exposed to various environmental impacts, both those it inflicts on and those it receives from the environment. The rural poor as the intended program beneficiaries depend heavily on environmentally sensitive natural resources for their livelihoods. These resources can be impacted negatively by programmatic activities, as well as by wider environmental change (including climate change).

Acknowledging this, PRISMA aims to integrate the environmental context to both capitalise on and maximise any possible positive environmental impact, while minimising the risk of any negative environmental impacts. PRISMA also work to provide opportunities for improvements to environmental conditions, or to strengthen farming household resilience to environmental change.

Addressing Environment Protection in PRISMA

Although PRISMA does not focus directly on the environmental factors of market systems, it is still important for the program to understand the environmental context in which it works. This helps the program in maximising and capitalizing any possible positive environmental impact, while maintaining its “do no harm” approach and, whenever possible, reducing negative impact to the environment.

To promote positive environmental impacts, PRISMA will (1) pursue opportunities to leverage environmental issues which might be present in the market system in order to advance the program’s outcome, and (2) be attentive to any attributable positive impact established in the field and establish a positive impact on the environment whenever feasible.

In terms of preventing and reducing negative environmental impacts, PRISMA will (1) be attentive to any risk of negative impact which might happen due to the program’s presence and activity, and (2) attempt to circumnavigate or avoid being engaged in a market with any environmental risk which might impair the program’s activities and output.

PRISMA’s Environment Protection Approach and Strategy

PRISMA’s “Environmental Protection Strategy” (EPS) document, which serves as a guideline for the program’s environmental protection activities has been developed in accordance to the framework from both the Government of Indonesia and the Government of  Australia.

 The EPS is designed to embody the following three aspects:

  1. Identifying and mitigating environmental risks in compliance with the Indonesia and Australia regulatory frameworks on environment protection, with support from PRISMA’s Environment team;
  2. Capturing and leveraging best practices in terms of environmental issues, both when the program activity benefits the environment and when environmental aspects could be utilised in furthering the activity goal, an.
  3. Streamlining and mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture practices to secure the food security, nutrition and livelihood of those who depend on agriculture in general.