Stories of Change


Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Innovating companies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environ more


From ‘Slash and Burn’ to Sustainability: Farming Communities in North-eastern India Improve Soil Fertility and Earn Higher Incomes

UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Nagaland, is helping farmers practicing jhum cultivation in 70 villages in Nagaland grow healthier crops and earn better income by introducing sustainable land management practices. By slowing rates of soil erosion, these practices have also helped farmers more


Innovations of Steel

A joint partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Global Environment Facility is helping energy-intensive steel sector save up to 40 percent on energy consumption enabling entrepreneurs to reap greater profits. Results from a UNDP pilot project demonstrate that smal more


Pay-as-you-save: Solar Energy for Industrial Heating

As a result of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and supported by Global Environment Facility, the installation of solar water heating systems in India has increased by 20 percent each year. In addition, the partnership has also resulted in a saving of 3.57 million uni more


‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India

The Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and supported by WHO and Health Care Without Harm is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management at King George’s Medical Uni more


Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global Recognition

The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ more


Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s Biodiversity

UNDP has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate the possibilities of conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development processes in the Gulf of Mannar. On the south eastern coast of India, the sun begins to come up over the sea as a fisherman in a checked dhoti s more


A Green Label for Indian Tea

A UNDP project with the Tea Board of India is helping small tea processing enterprises adopt a range of measures to improve energy efficiency in processing. With over USD 2.5 million investments, the tea producers of the Nilgiri hills in south India are leading the way in demonstrating the possibili more


Coal Bed Methane Recovery: Helping India Meet its Energy Needs

A first-ever pilot by UNDP demonstrated the commercial feasibility of using methane gas from coal mining to electrify homes. Now widely accepted as an area with commercial potential that is being scaled up nationally, it reveals a powerful strategy to combat climate change, ensure safety of mining c more


Conserving Habitats; Protecting Livelihoods: A Women’s Group in Orissa, India Leads the Way

UNDP is partnering with the Orissa government to mobilize local communities to conserve natural resources through building sustainable ecosystem based livelihoods and social capital. “When communities themselves drive conservation efforts, they can positively impact coastal livelihoods and ensure th more

Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian Ocean tsunami

The report, an outcome of the international collaborative process involving the UN, donor govts and NGOs, evaluates key relief and recovery efforts and analyses how tsunami response has proceeded so far in mitigating future disasters.

Technological Cooperation and Climate Change

The publication comprises working papers presented at a consultation on 'Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change' organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme.

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