Environment & Energy

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Decentralized Governance of Natural Resources

The publication focuses on lessons learned about risks, constraints and opportunities in the decentralization process, and on the best approaches and practices from the various countries and regions. It also looks at capacity needs for effective decentralization and experiences gained in fiscalmore

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Energizing Poverty Reduction: A Review of the Energy-Poverty Nexus in PRSPs

The report examines to what degree energy-poverty dynamics are reflected in the current policies and plans set forth in national poverty reduction strategies. It reveals a lack of energy targets and a low level of energy investments in the Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks of PRSPs, indicatingmore

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Community Water Initiative: Project Portfolio Review

The Community Water Initiative (CWI) supports decentralized, demand-driven, innovative, low-cost, and community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. The publication provides an overview of CWI’s project portfolio and features highlights frommore

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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 andmore

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Land Rights Reform and Governance in Africa: How to make it Work in the 21st Century?

The main argument of this paper is that insecurity of land tenure is a socio-political condition that can be made and unmade. It points out the need for a more action-based and community driven evolutionary process for land rights reform and governance in Africa. The publication focuses on Africamore

Dryland futures: East and Southern Africa-Three critical factors

The publication looks to the prospect for the East and Southern African drylands in the context of recent history and the changes that have occurred in the realms of policy, economic and social conditions and the environment. It further points out three of the biggest challenges facing East andmore

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Making Progress on Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability shows weak progress towards the targets and insufficient monitoring capacity and systems. While the MDG framework is offers advantages in being managed as a group of interrelated targets, MDG 7 on environmental sustainability warrants particular attention given themore

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Land Rights for African Development: From Knowledge to Action

In 2005, UNDPs Drylands Development Center and the International Land Coalition hosted a workshop that addressed key land tenure issues in Africa that influence food security, environmental sustainability, agricultural intensification, conflict, peace building and broader rural development. Thismore

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Smoke in the Kitchen: Health Impacts of Indoor Air Pollution

This is the executive summary of a seminar hosted by UNDP with support from ITDG, USEPA, and WTO. The aim of the seminar was to raise awareness among country governments and UN agencies on the health impacts of indoor air pollution from household energy use, and to promote global action to reducemore

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Strategy on Scaling up Access to Modern Energy Services

The report on the East African Community Strategy outlines the current energy access situation and planned direction to the target date of 2015. It further highlights the existing gaps in the provision of modern energy services and draws attention to the enormous task that lies ahead if themore

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UNDP Annual Report 2006

With the advent of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the years prior to 2006 had seen UNDP scale up its activities in a major way.  2005 was an important year for the development agenda, with the international community reaffirming its commitment to the MDGs.  Recent years havemore

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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) andmore

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Why Gender Matters: A Tutorial for water managers

The tutorial aims to show how addressing gender will improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability, as well as social benefits and equity from use of water resources. It also helps capacity builders to include gender issues in their training and educational programmes. It hasmore

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Community Action to Conserve Biodiversity

The report presents thirty case studies from the SGP and the Equator Initiative's portfolio to document and draw preliminary lessons from the successes of community-based biodiversity enterprises. While these cases are selected from across Latin America and the Caribbean and initially emerged frommore

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UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

These country-level climate data summaries address the climate change information gap for developing countries by making use of existing climate data to generate a series of 52 country-level studies of climate observations and the multi-model projections 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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Energy Services for the Millennium Development Goals

The report underscores the importance of energy services for the MDG agenda, stressing three types of services in particular: modern fuels for cooking and heating; electricity for public services; and motive power for productive uses in communities. The report offers practical recommendations formore

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A Guide for Countries Preparing Third National Reports to the CBD

The guidelines, developed under the UNDP/GEF Project "National Reporting to the CBD: Supporting countries to prepare the Third National Report on Biodiversity", are designed to assist all those agencies, institutions and individuals within a country whose participation and input aremore

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Heating in Transition

The publication is the third issue of UNDP/GEF 'Lessons for the Future' series and it focuses on the evolution of the barrier removal model for service delivery, emerging trends in project financing and management issues relevant to heating projects. The analysis refers primarily to the 20 heatingmore

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Thematic Trust Fund on Energy for Sustainable Development – 2004 Report

The energy fund has been instrumental in linking country-level demand for energy services with wider development assistance discussions, expanding public-private partnerships, and better positioning UNDP on energy and the MDGs. The report assesses the fund's outputs and impacts and represents themore

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