Sustainable and equitable development in the post - 2015 period requires urgent action to eradicate poverty through global partnerships and investments. Global efforts to address poverty led by the United Nations through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), from 2000-2015, fell short of their targets in many poor regions. This is partly due to the failure to simultaneously address economic and environmental problems in poor regions across the world. The key to equitable and sustainable development in economically poor regions is to improve the well-being of poor in addition to the livelihood. This can be achieved by integrating poverty alleviation with livelihood generating activities as published in the article - Linking ecosystem services with the constituents of human well-being for poverty alleviation in eastern Himalayas. Ecological Economics 107: 65-75 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092180091400250X# ).
This work is dedicated to the people of eastern Himalayan region who deal with very complicated social-economic and ecological issues to survive in challenging conditions. It explored interlinkages between livelihoods and ecosystem services in the region. It provides evidence to formulate strategy at macro and micro level and offers solutions to improve the well-being of rural communities. It provides investment strategy to collectively address poverty and concludes by strongly recommending that eradicating poverty is critical to achieve sustainable and equitable development in the post – 2015 period.