Environment & Energy

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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Approach to Adaptation

The focus of this Advisory Note is to show how SEA approaches can help mainstream adaptation to climate change into strategic planning. It is used to integrate considerations related to climate change into national development or sectoral management planning or policymaking processes. For moremore

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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 productionmore

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Making REDD work for the Poor - A PEP Report

The report presents a framework for understanding the linkages between Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and poverty. It is the culmination of collaborative analysis and synthesis of the social dimensions of REDD. It presents 10 required conditions that will ensure thatmore

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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 casemore

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Climate Change at UNDP: Scaling Up to Meet the Challenge

The paper presents UNDP's strategy to support the efforts of developing countries and vulnerable groups for scaling up mitigation and adaptation action to successfully meet the climate change challenge and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). more

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UNDP WGF Issue Sheet: Decentralisation of Water Decision Making

As one of the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI Issue Series, it notes that decentralisation, dialoguing, participation and partnerships are critical to build awareness, acceptance and support for a reform process to move forward. Successful implementation of water reform requires that allmore

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World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience

The report argues that properly designed nature-based enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that cushion the impacts of climate change, especially for the rural poor, and help provide needed social stability. It notes that the efforts that foster resilience chart themore

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Tariff Hikes with Low Investment: The Story of the Urban Water Sector in Zambia

The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the urban water sector in Zambia. It finds that the country's liberalization strategy, which emphasizes tariff rationalization, has failed to ensure full cost recovery and has further constrained affordability andmore

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Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator

The Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator contributes to developing model transactions in the nascent ecosystem services markets benefiting low-income rural people and imperiled biodiversity by providing targeted support to promising small-scale community-based projects with potential for long-termmore

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Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

This Kit focuses on development and indigenous peoples, with emphasis on their full and effective participation in all development processes and the need for a genuine partnership in—and ownership with them—of these processes. It is designed to provide United Nations Country Teams with guidance asmore

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Equitable Access to Basic Services: Who will Guarantee it?

The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the privatization of water provision. It finds that the higher the level of access at the start of privatization, the higher its success. It calls for minimum targets on access to be achieved through restructuredmore

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Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from UNDP-GEF Projects

The report provides a review of the active UNDP-GEF wind energy portfolio. It looks at the design, costs and efficiency of existing projects, drawing on the experience of 14 wind energy projects that have been financed through UNDP to help national governments implement wind energy public policies. 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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UNDP Annual Report 2008

In early 2007, the world economy was still in its third year of exceptionally rapid growth, progress which has had a positive impact on poverty reduction in general.  By mid-2007, however, it was clear that developing countries would have to respond to a great deal of uncertainty in the globalmore

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Climate Change

The document contains key facts about climate change drawn from UNDP's 2007/2008 Human Development Report. The document also outlines UNDP's work in the area of climate change and provides examples. more

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Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2008

The GCR 2008 is the first publication of its kind to examine the link between corruption and the water sector in a comprehensive manner. It documents a wide range of corruption risks in different areas of the sector, from water resources management and water for sanitation to irrigation andmore

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UNDP Briefing Note on Adaptation

The document titled "Adaptation to Climate Change: Doing Development Differently" outlines UNDP's adaptation services and UNDP-GEF's adaptation portfolio that comprises 21 national, regional and global projects taking place in 45 countries. more

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Fuel to Change - Overcoming Vulnerability to Rising Oil Prices

The report examines how oil price rises are affecting the Asia-Pacific region’s poorest people. It proposes establishing an Asia-Pacific Compensatory Oil Finance Facility for LDC's and small island developing states to: help tide poorer countries over the immediate balance of payments or fiscalmore

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Sustainable Energy Services: The why and how of mainstreaming gender

The guideline is a part of UNDP's series, "Gender Mainstreaming: a Key Driver of Development in Environment & Energy." It looks at why gender is relevant to policymaking and programming in the area of sustainable energy services. more

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Fact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable Development

The fact sheet provides a brief overview on how access to better energy services can improve women's social, economic and political status. It notes that greater sensitivity to gender issues increases the effectiveness of energy programmes and policies, as well as other types of developmentmore

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