Environment & Energy

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Measuring Capacity

This paper attempts to help development practitioners unbundle the question, "what is the measure of capacity?" The paper presents a framework for better defining, capturing and communicating capacity development results. The framework begins with the end in mind – national developmentmore


Cleanup, Storage, and Transport of Mercury Waste from Healthcare Facilities

The UNDP GEF project involves demonstrating best practices for the management of mercury waste and promoting mercury-free devices. As health facilities phase out mercury devices, proper methods of storage and transport are needed. This document is intended for project countries where national normsmore


Integrating Legal Empowerment of the Poor in UNDP’s Work

This guidance note conceptualizes an operational strategy to integrate Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) within UNDP’s practice areas and programs and recommends possible means of implementation. It builds upon the strategic direction envisioned for the program from its outset, and lessons learntmore


A Framework for Climate Finance

This paper outlines a climate finance framework to assist developing countries to move to low-emissions, climate-resilient growth paths. UNDP is proposing a country-driven, multi-stakeholder climate finance framework to assist developing countries to scale up efforts to address climate change in amore


Advancing CCA in Developing Countries: The UNDP-GEF Adaptation Portfolio

Overview of UNDP’s support to adaptation initiatives in developing countries funded by GEF-managed UNFCCC funds – LDCF and SCCF, and the GEF Trust Fund’s SPA more


Responding to climate change in Least Developed Countries

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are some of the most vulnerable to climate change, as they are least able to recover from climate stresses and their economic growth is highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to align human developmentmore


Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook

The Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook presents a wealth of experiences and examples taken from the UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Programme that are being piloted throughout the world. The Guidebook will be useful for any community-based practitioners who wish tomore


Fast Facts: Adaptive Water Governance

UNDP promotes equitable access to water resources and water and sanitation services as a fundamental requisite for human development. In a rapidly changing world, UNDP's Water Governance Programme catalyzes efforts towards the achievements of the MDGs. The document provides a brief overview ofmore


Global Partnership for Community Based Adaptation

This brochure explains UNDP’s Global Partnership for Community Based Adaptation (GPCBA) in partnership with governments, civil society and philanthropic donors. The brochure also highlights several success stories, goals and aims of the initiative, and key sectors of adaptation. more


UNDP in Action 2010

This report takes stock of achievements made in 2009/2010 and provides momentum for meeting future demands.  In 2009, in many of the countries where it operates, UNDP continued to experience a high demand for development support in its areas of specialization particularly covering povertymore


Technology provides rural access to energy, empowers Burkinabe women

Rural women farmers in Burkina Faso are benefiting from a regional energy and food processing programme that is turning them into entrepreneurs. Through this scheme, UNDP has helped to install 441 diesel-run generators mounted on a chassis to which a variety of processing equipment can be attached,more


Ambitious but achievable: Universal Access to Energy by 2030

This report by the Secretary General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC) calls for concerted action on two ambitious but achievable goals: universal access for 2-3 billion energy poor, and reducing global energy efficiency intensity by 40 percent by 2030. The report also calls formore

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