Environment & Energy

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Implementing the MDGs in the Drylands of the World

The paper highlights the economic and ecological potential of drylands, as well as the vast information accumulated over the last few decades on their strategic importance to national development and meeting the MDG targets. It advocates for a new strategy for catalyzing and fast-trackingmore

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Information Kit: Supporting Country Action on the CBD Programme of Work on PAs

The publication provides information for eligible countries on the application process to receive funding from the GEF to help carry out implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on protected areas. The kit also includes the eligibility criteria, information on evaluation and monitoring, togethermore

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Pungwe Drainage Basin

This report presents the use a combination of climate and hydrological models to assess the possible consequences of future global warming on the water resources in the Pungwe catchment up until 2050. By generating on information on future trends in water resource availability in the basin themore

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The Global Drylands Imperative: Devolving Resource Rights and the MDGs in Africa

The paper analyzes a sample of existing or in-formulation policy frameworks governing access and security of tenure over major natural assets such as land, forests and wildlife. The fundamental question that runs through the analysis in the paper concerns the extent to which security of resourcemore

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UNDP-GEF International Waters Programme: Delivering Results

For over 15 years, UNDP-GEF has been providing support to assist over 100 countries in working jointly to identify, prioritize, understand, and address the key transboundary environmental and water resources issues of some of the world's largest and most significant shared waterbodies. Thismore

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White Paper for a Regional Policy: Toward Increasing Access to Energy Services

Member States of the ECOWAS Region have decided to engage on an ambitious regional policy in order to increase access to modern energy services. Their objective is to allow at least half of the population to have access to modern energy services by the year 2015. The paper describes this policy andmore

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Ad Melkert Speech to the Commission on Sustainable Development

The Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator noted the billions who live without access to basic energy services and their resultant entrenchment in poverty. He spoke about the nexus between the achievement of the MDGs and the positive impact of that thrust towards alleviating themore

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UNDP, UNEP, World Bank team up on Access to Energy

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank expressed their commitment to strengthen cooperation on energy access, an important advance in the drive for more efficient and more effective support to poverty reduction andmore

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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 themore

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Will Tomorrow Be Brighter than Today?

The report focuses on enhancing equitable access to appropriate, reliable and affordable energy services so as to reduce human and income poverty. In examining the gender dimension of energy access and provisioning, its use and impact, the report highlights the gender concerns in the Asia-Pacificmore

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Gender Dimensions of Intellectual Property and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

The paper outlines the debates on intellectual property (IP) protection vis-à-vis other systems for protecting the communal nature of traditional medicinal plant knowledge. The paper uses a gender lens to understand how IP and trade policies affect disempowered peoples, particularly women and menmore

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Water Rights and Wrongs: A summary of the Human Development Report

This booklet on the Human Development Report 2006: Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis is produced by the young people. The report tackles one of the most challenging and most ignored issues facing the global human family: the availability of clean water and adequatemore

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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 andmore

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The Energy Challenge: Paying in Pollution for Energy Hunger

The article, part of a New York Times series, examines ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient future. It explains that while renewable sources have made some inroads, government subsidies for diesel, kerosene and other fossil fuels have held down prices inmore

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A Review of Energy in National MDG Reports

The study reviews over 100 national MDG reports in an effort to understand how energy issues are recognized and integrated in the MDG monitoring framework. The report highlights useful examples of how some countries have attempted to link energy services to a broader set of development issues, suchmore

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Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals: Making the Link

This UNDP Primer is based on the views and experiences of development practitioners on linking human rights and the MDGs in their work. It provides basic guidance on how to make the link and explores the key questions that practitioners will face in doing so. more

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Human Development Report 2006 - Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis

Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environments and supports livelihoods – but it is also a source of risk andmore

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The unresolved land reform debate: Beyond state-led or market-led models

In response to the problem of inequalities in the distribution of land, this Policy Research Brief points toward a land reform model that could both satisfy legitimate and urgent demands for social justice and develop an agrarian system that is economically viable. It draws primarily on a UNDP-ISSmore

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Resource Guide: Mainstreaming Gender in Water Management

The Guide is a reference document designed to facilitate access to available literature and resources regarding gender and IWRM; improve the sustainability and effectiveness of water-related activities through incorporation of gender equality and diversity; and improve understanding and awarenessmore

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Community Water Initiative: Brochure

Since 2004, the Community Water Initiative (CWI) has supported decentralized, innovative, low-cost, and community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. CWI is part of the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme. more

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