Environment & Energy

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Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean

The report compares and aggregates official financial data and qualitative insights about the health of Protected Area (PA) financial sustainability for 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries. While the findings reveal the level of financial gap faced in the region, they also show that reducingmore

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Biodiversity for Development

The primer titled "Biodiversity for Development: South Africa's landscape approach to conserving biodiversity and promoting ecosystem resilience" highlights innovative work carried out to promote biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development through partnerships between themore

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AAP: A Cross Practice Approach

The African Adaptation Programme is not an adaptation project in its own right, but rather a programme that helps countries develop their capacities to finance and manage adaptation projects more effectively within a long-term planning framework. This brochure describes the approach. more

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Protected Areas for the 21st Century

The report looks at how changing 21st Century expectations about the roles and functions of protected areas are beginning to shape protected area management around the world and identifies emerging best practices under a new paradigm that views protected areas as part of a planetary life supportmore

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Energy Access for the Poor

Some 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and a billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks. About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (traditional biomass and coal) to meet their basic needs. Access to modern energy services for cooking and heating, lighting andmore

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UNDP and Energy Access for the Poor

Access to modern energy services for the poor is about energizing human development. It is a priority for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and necessary to ending poverty, empowering women and generating opportunities. UNDP aims to reach the poor with modern energy services thatmore

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National Communications Support Programme October 2010 Newsletter

The National Communications Support Programme October 2010 Newsletter, with features on Peru and Montenegro. Peru faces many challenges in its attempt to respond to the UNFCCC recommendation to create a permanent mechanism for providing updated national information on Greenhouse Gas (GHG)more

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Designing Adaptation Initiatives Toolkit

This guide supports the design of measurable, reportable and verifiable adaptation initiatives. It provides step-by-step guidance in designing climate change adaptation projects. more

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Sustainable Development of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems

The report "Sustainable Development of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems during Climate Change" features papers that cover a range of key issues, from the impacts of climate change on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) to new policy and institutional tools for LME governance. more

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Energy Poverty: How to make modern energy access universal?

This joint report on energy poverty published by IEA, UNDP, and UNIDO is an early excerpt of the IEA's 2010 World Energy Outlook (WEO). It quantifies the number of people that lack access to modern energy services, the investment costs required to meet this gap and potential technology optionsmore

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UNDP’s Local Capacity Strategy

The Strategy presents a vision for how UNDP can approach, prioritize, and integrate its work to create the enabling conditions for effective local action and to greatly speed the scale-up of local-level best practices. It is designed to elucidate and strengthen how UNDP works with and supportsmore

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National Capacity Self-Assessment Synthesis Report

The report summarizes the challenges and opportunities experienced by countries in meeting their commitments under the Rio Conventions, as well as areas where more effort could yield better progress. It reveals the countries' top five capacity development needs to implement the internationalmore

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Ecosystems, Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals

This working paper sets out a framework to scale up locally-driven solutions to ecosystem decline, climate change and poverty. Its thesis is that local actors are the most effective drivers of change at the local level, and that empowering local organizations to carry out their own initiatives ismore

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The Contribution of UNDP-GEF Adaptation Initiatives Towards MDG1

This brief discusses the nexus between climate change and MDG1: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. It highlights UNDP-GEF adaptation programming approaches and initiatives to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to the long-term impacts of climate change and variabilitymore

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The Contribution of UNDP-GEF Adaptation Initiatives Towards MDG3

This brief discusses the nexus between climate change and the third Millennium Development Goal: to promote gender equality and empower women (MDG 3). It describes how initiatives financed by the Global Environment Facility have integrated gender perspectives into climate change adaptation andmore

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Monitoring Guidelines of Capacity Development in GEF Projects

This publication outlines guidelines and a set of indicators to assess capacities built to achieve environmental sustainability. more

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Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower (Chapter 7)

The report highlights the economic contribution of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services to development and equity in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The goal of this chapter is to foster further progress towards sustainable ecosystem management by providing policy makers withmore

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Communities Biodiversity Products from Latin America and the Caribbean

This publication documents the biodiversity vital to Latin America and the Caribbean communities for sustainable development. Each profile featured here documents what the local biodiversity product is and how it is sustainably produced - many of which are not well-known as globally tradedmore

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National Capacity Self-Assessments

As a summary of the results and lessons learned from 82% of the 146 NCSAs, this report is a critical contribution to our knowledge of the types of capacities countries need to meet Rio Convention objectives. more

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The Right to Water - Factsheet No: 35

This United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) publication explains what the right to water is, illustrates what it means for specific individuals and groups, and then elaborates upon State obligations with respect to the right. It concludes with an overview of national, regionalmore

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