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Latin America and the Caribbean Human Development Report 2010

The Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 champions a new approach to understanding and tackling the prevailing inequality in terms of human development plaguing Latin American and Caribbean countries. The report is divided into six chapters, which explore the 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 with more

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Leading Resilient Development - Grassroots Practices & Innovations

This publication presents a set of grassroots women’s development innovations that build community resilience. The women’s groups and collectives described in this publication are grassroots women’s groups, whose survival and everyday lives are directly affected by natural hazards and climate more

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Linking Climate Change Policies To Human Development

This note has been prepared in response to the growing demand for guidelines to support the work of report teams and partners in integrating human development analysis and advocacy into more equitable, sustainable and climate-resilient development planning and policy debates. It provides practical more

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Linking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management

The report focuses on ways to reduce poverty and sustain growth by improving environmental management. It demonstrates that sound and equitable management of the environment is integral to achieving the MDGs, and argues for a coherent, focused framework for action, with clear goals and achievable more

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Linking Poverty Reduction and Water Management

The paper analyses the relationship between water management and poverty reduction. The paper argues that water management can impact on poverty reduction in a variety of ways, and that increased resource flows to water management have positive impacts on poverty (and, consequently, on health) and more

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Local Business for Global Biodiversity Conservation

The guidebook aims to support biodiversity projects implemented by UNDP/GEF in planning viable and alternative livelihoods to reduce threats to local natural resources. It proposes that by adopting a focused strategy for small business development, conservation planners can help local communities more

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Local Governance and Climate Change: A Discussion Note

The Note tries to articulate in practical terms what has (or has not) been done by local governments (LGs) in addressing climate change, and what can be done to improve outcomes from this interface. The overall conclusion is that there is little hard evidence that climate change figures prominently more

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Local governance, Anti-corruptions and REDD+ in Latin America

The Transparency and Accountability in Local Governments (TRAALOG) regional initiative started in April 2010. The TRAALOG has been supported by the Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF), the Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE), and the more

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Low-carbon alternatives for blowing agents in foam sector

UNDP has been at the forefront of technology demonstration projects to replace ozone-depleting substances since 1992 and has been implementing demonstration projects in all regions and all sectors. UNDP is assessing relatively new technological developments that have not or scarcely been used more

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MARES: Conserving Ocean Ecosystems and Safeguarding Coastal Communities

The objective of the Marine Ecosystem Services Program (MARES) is to protect crucial marine ecosystem services by harnessing markets and private sector investment. MARES focuses on four key areas: water quality, marine biodiversity, coastal and beach stabilization, and fish nurseries. The document more

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MDG Carbon Facility Brochure

To help leverage the potentially significant benefits of carbon finance for the developing world, UNDP established the MDG Carbon Facility, an innovative mechanism for the development and commercialization of emission reduction projects. The brochure outlines the work of the MDG Carbon Facility. more

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MDG Support Services - Energy Costing Tool

A crucial part of developing MDG-based national development strategies is MDG costing, which quantifies the specific financial and human resources needed, as well as infrastructure required, to meet the MDGs. The Energy Costing Tool has been designed specifically to help government planners and more

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Mainstreaming Access to Energy Services - African Regional Economic Communities

The document focuses on integrating access to modern energy services into regional and national policies and policy tools. It presents the experience of three African Regional Economic Councils and concludes that the work in developing a political consensus on access to energy has laid the more

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Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners

The present guide follows the same structure as the handbook. It is designed to assist champions and practitioners engaged in mainstreaming climate change adaptation. It should be seen as an invitation for mainstreaming specialists and adaptation experts to partner, each bringing their added value more

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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Colombia

A description of the project: 'Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes and United Nations country programming’ in Colombia (English version). Colombia is a country that is especially vulnerable to climate change given that its population has settled in more

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Mainstreaming Climate Change in National Development Processes and UN Country Programming

UNDP provides policy and capacity development servies on climate change to support developing countries to respond to climate change impacts and to integrate climate risks into national planning and UN programming.  Through these services, UNDP supports national and sub-national governments to more

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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Nicaragua

A description of the project 'Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes and United Nations country programming' (RIOCPNU) in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is vulnerable to climate change due to the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme climate events, more

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Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A Primer

This publication provides a basic roadmap for mainstreaming drought risk management into development planning and programming at different levels. It suggests and outlines the steps to define drought risks within a given context. It also presents a methodology for translating risk assessments and more

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Mainstreaming Drylands Issues into National Development Frameworks

This publication is divided into two parts. Part I provides generic steps for mainstreaming environmental and socio-economic issues of drylands into national development frameworks. Part II is an evidence-based report which illustrates the key lessons learnt and challenges identified by 21 case more

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