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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 2)

The bulletin provides the latest information on UNDP's support to countries on Climate Change Adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-level. It includes updates on a range of topics including the status of ongoing projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, projectmore

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Katoomba Incubator: The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE)

A tool called the REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) classifies and prioritizes potential REDD+ subnational activities, and assesses critical constraints to project development, especially those associated with the national legal and institutional framework for carbon finance. The documentmore

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Adaptation that accelerates development

This brochure summarizes how the United Nations Development Programme promotes pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that encourages sustainable economic development and livelihoods in the face of climate change. more

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Corruption Risks in Water Licensing

The report explores the nature of the risk using a 2007 field study of Chile and Kazakhstan as case studies for risk mitigation. The case studies show that the potential for corruption in water licensing is an important issue. It is at the heart of equitable and sustainable integrated watermore

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Expanding Energy Access in Developing Countries: The Role of Mechanical Power

This report, which is a product of joint work between UNDP and Practical Action, highlights the contribution of mechanical power to energy access in developing countries. It recommends that mechanical power as an energy service should be given the same consideration as other modern energy servicesmore

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Bringing Small-Scale Finance to the Poor for Modern Energy Services

Access to small-scale finance tailored to low-income individuals, households, and businesses is extremely important for expanding access to modern energy services. This UNDP report looks at the current gap that exists between access to modern energy and small-scale finance and focuses on the rolemore

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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 practicalmore

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Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity, and the Clean Development Mechanism

The booklet, by Ecosystem Marketplace, provides context and background information on current developments in the payments for ecosystem services (PES) arena relevant to the Ghana Katoomba conference, held in Accra, Ghana, in October 2009. The conference is the fifteenth in a series of Katoombamore

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Dryland Opportunities: A new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

The Challenge Paper builds on the understanding about climate dynamics in drylands and the role of uncertainty, risk and resilience. It situates this debate in the context of rapid global change - of climate, economy and geopolitics. It emphasizes adaptive potentials, the value of dryland ecosystemmore

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Climate Change in the African Drylands

This report highlights the climate change mitigation potential of the African drylands, and lays out various paths towards adaptation which should be supported to reduce the vulnerability of dryland populations, and increase their food security. more

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Privatisation and Renationalisation: What Went Wrong in Bolivia's Water Sector?

The Working Paper, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the concentration of access to safe water across income levels in Bolivia. In particular, it focuses on how privatisation has changed coverage, affordability and the concentration of access to water on the partmore

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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 1)

The newsletter includes updates on projects, performance indicators, impacts and results, and policy and mainstreaming announcements on UNDP's activities around the world in support of climate change adaptation. more

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Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

The report is based on the findings of a baseline survey carried out in four cross-border sites of global biodiversity significance in East Africa. The survey aimed to establish which dryland commodities might have sufficient market potential to lead to an improvement in livelihoods, while enablingmore

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CBD: Benefit Sharing Perspectives from Enterprising Communities

This report elaborates on how various communities in a range of ecosystems share the benefits derived from economic activities and how that affects their ability to meet their needs and ensure social and economic well-being. This report also focuses on inter- and intra-community equity in economicmore

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Facility for Additional Income: UNDP Inputs on Carbon Markets

This issue brief highlights the role of carbon markets as a financing source for the Facility for Additional Income. This brief explores the global carbon markets as a source of co-financing for climate benefits of the work under the Montreal Protocol and the necessary steps to successfully achievemore

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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 documentmore

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Realising REDD: Implications of Ghana’s Current Legal Framework for Trees

The paper, by the Katoomba Group, provides a brief overview of REDD implications of Ghana’s legal framework for trees and associated benefit‐sharing mechanisms. It notes that the current legislative framework for forestry presents some problems and challenges that could impede implementation ofmore

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Environmental Finance Services Brochure

 This brochure outlines how UNDP is helping governments to attract and drive private investment towards sustainable solutions by combining and sequencing various financial instruments to effect policy change. These environmental finance services of UNDP offer an innovative and robust approachmore

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Third African Drought Adaptation Forum Report

The Third African Drought Adaptation Forum was held in September 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum was organized so that participants could exchange practical experiences, findings and ideas on how to adapt to the increasing threat of drought and climate change in the drylands of Africa. Themore

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Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development

Integrated climate change planning - a how-to guide for local and regional policy-makers on planning a low-carbon future. This document focuses on the importance of full engagement of sub-national authorities to comprehensively address climate change and suggests that taking the necessary action tomore

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