Environment & Energy

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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 international more

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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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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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Natural Solutions: Protected Areas Helping People Cope with Climate Change

The report focuses on the essential role played by protected areas in reducing global climate change impacts and how to build and strengthen protected area systems. It introduces key policy and management developments which are needed for protected areas to function more effectively as a climate more

New report urges governments to take swift action to face climate challenges

Governments around the world should take immediate actions to adapt to the impact of changing weather patterns on a wide range of economic and social activities, according to a top policy official of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the launch of a report released more

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OECD DAC, Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidance

This guidance draws on practical experience and established "best practice," it points to ways to support the application of SEA in the formulation and assessment of development policies, plans and programmes.  more

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Oceans at Rio+20: How Well Are We Doing in Meeting the Commitments from the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development? Summary for Decision Makers

This publication was prepared by the civil society organization the Global Ocean Forum (www.globaloceans.org ) with financing and technical support from UNDP-GEF. It measures the progress made toward the broad goals, targets, and timetables established by the international community. The analysis more

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Opportunities for Biomass Energy Programmes –Lessons Learned in Europe & the CIS

The report discusses the experiences and lessons learned from five UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects in Europe and the CIS. It focuses on lessons for biomass project development and implementation for market transformation in the region and makes recommendations for the development and more

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Output-Based Contracts in Small-Town Water Supply in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities

This report presents findings from a review of the role of the domestic private sector in the delivery of urban water in Uganda.  Since the introduction of the output-based aid (OBA) scheme in 2008, some towns have seen a relatively rapid increase in the number of connections, while using less more

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PEI Mainstreaming Handbook

This handbook is designed to serve as a guide for champions and practitioners engaged in the task of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. Hard copies can be ordered through the Poverty Environment Facility. more

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PEI Making the Economic Case

This primer provides guidance on presenting evidence about the economic, development and poverty reduction benefits of the environment to public sector decision-makers, so as to justify and promote “environmental investment”. Hard copies can be ordered through the Poverty Environment Facility. more

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PES: Getting Started in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems – A Primer

The primer offers guidance on how to assess the potential for marine and coastal payments for ecosystem services (PES) and provides pointers for designing and planning PES transactions. It describes: the opportunities and risks of PES schemes; steps to developing PES projects; and considerations of more

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Partners for Change: UNDP's work with CSOs through the GEF

The report documents best practices and highlights the dynamic, innovative and versatile role that civil society organizations (CSOs) have played in ensuring the success of initiatives to protect the global environment and to promote sustainable development. The case studies presented in the report more

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Paving the Way for Climate-resilient Infrastructure

This report summarizes the proceedings of the El Salvador conference (June 2010) "Strategies for Adapting Public and Private Infrastructure to Climate Change". It outlines the multiple development benefits of climate-proofing infrastructure. While these proceedings address the specific more

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Peace and Security Through Sustainable Social and Economic Development

The brochure presents lessons from Community Based Approaches in Water Supply Projects for Multi-Ethnic Neighborhoods in Crimea. Based on the experiences in two pilot communities (Tenistoye and Sevastyanovka), it shows that the concept of community participation through social mobilization can work more

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Perspectives on REDD+

This short document explores difficult questions in three articles that look at the challenges around the application of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in stakeholder engagement for REDD+; the multiple ecosystem-based benefits of REDD+ beyond carbon; and Measuring, Reporting, Verification more

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Phasing Out ODS: Protecting the Ozone Layer & Safeguarding the Global Climate

This booklet illustrates the impact of the work to implement the Montreal Protocol on climate change mitigation. Activities undertaken in support of the Montreal Protocol have resulted in greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to several billion tonnes of CO2. The booklet also describes UNDP more

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Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure

This document, prepared for the G20, aims to provide host country governments with guidance on the policy options that are available to make the most of investment opportunities in clean energy infrastructure, drawing on the collective expertise of the climate and investment communities among more

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Policy Opportunities and Challenges in Dryland Areas of East Africa

The paper presents a summary of the challenges, opportunities and policies adopted by the three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – to address the production and marketing of goods and services from drylands. It also provides recommendations on policy that could enhance production more

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