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Africa Adaptation Programme Experiences: Gender and Climate Change

This paper focuses on the links between gender and climate change adaptation and highlights strategies UNDP's Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) used to mainstream gender into climate change adaptation policy and increase women's engagement in decision-making.  AAP was launched in 2008, with more

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Africa Adaptation Programme: Capacity building experiences

The discussion paper aims to emphasize the importance of historical climate data, climate projections and climate vulnerability and risk studies for building climate resilient communities. The Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) was one of UNDP’s flagship programmes in Africa and supported improved more

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Agency Collaboration for UNCCD: Current Situation and Lessons Learned

This joint publication of the Facilitation Committee of the Global Mechanism for the UNCCD CoP-6, (25 Aug - 5 Sept 2003, Havana, Cuba), presents short briefs by Committee members highlighting their commitment to CCD process and its implementation. It provides some lessons learnt from collaboration more

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Ambitious but achievable: Universal Access to Energy by 2030

This report by the Secretary General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC) calls for concerted action on two ambitious but achievable goals: universal access for 2-3 billion energy poor, and reducing global energy efficiency intensity by 40 percent by 2030. The report also calls for more

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Annual Performance Report of UNDP supported GEF financed projects (2009-2010)

The Report highlights progress made in 2010 and results achieved by a sub-set of UNDP supported programmes and projects, all of which received some financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) alongside that of other co-financers, and have been under implementation for more than one year as more

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Annual Report 2001

The UNDP of the 21st Century is now focusing much less on traditional project work.  We have sharply narrowed our primary policy focuses to six thematic practice areas, selected because of developing country demand: poverty reduction, democratic governance, sustainable energy and the more

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Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making

This guidance document intends to provide countries with a practical tool on using climate information in their decision-making processes. This guide addresses these issues of adaptation planning under uncertainty of observed and projected climate change. more

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Applying an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management: focus on seamounts of the southern Indian ocean

In 2009, UNDP-GEF and IUCN began collaborating on a pilot International Waters project designed to promote an ecosystem approach to management of seamounts in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ).    The project created a vital environmental status baseline from more

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Arab Human Development Report 2009

Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) engage institutions and citizens in the Arab countries in global concerns so as to build understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities. They also identify disadvantaged groups of population and regions and suggest policies, more

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2010

A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific   The report focuses on the critical question of advancing gender equality, as seen through the prism of women’s unequal power, voice, and rights. Despite the region’s many economic gains, the Report chronicles how in many instances more

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Belarus Project Guidebook on Peatland Rehabilitation

The report provides a general description of the hydrology of natural, damaged mires and depleted peatlands, as well as technical approaches and methods of restoration of hydrological regimes currently applied in international practice and falling within the framework of the UNDP-GEF project on more

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Beyond Carbon: Ecosystem-based Benefits of REDD+

Forests have come under increasing pressure from human activity in recent decades, leading to significant losses of forest area, and the biodiversity and carbon they contain. more

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Bio-carbon Opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa

The review is a useful resource for policy-makers seeking an overview of forestry / bio-energy regulation and promotion, and project proponents seeking to develop CDM or voluntary market carbon projects. The chapters are organized in terms of the production cycle, beginning with forest bio-carbon more

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Biodiversity Delivering Results

The publication showcases the achievements and results from UNDP projects undertaken around the world. It highlights UNDP efforts, funded by GEF, to mainstream biodiversity issues, build institutional capacity around the world, and support the implementation of the Program of Work on Protected more

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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012 to 2020

UNDP's Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012-2020 seeks to harness the positive opportunities provided by biodiversity and natural ecosystems, as a catalyst for sustainable development. It recognizes the real value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society—in relation to secure more

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Biodiversity and the Millennium Development Goals

The report focuses on the benefits of biodiversity and the MDGs. The importance of biodiversity to development objectives is also discussed in the context of the WEHAB Initiative and the Convention on Biological Diversity. The report also highlights the role of biodiversity in achieving the targets more

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Biodiversity for Development

The primer titled "Biodiversity for Development: South Africa's landscape approach to conserving biodiversity and promoting ecosystem resilience" highlights innovative work carried out to promote biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development through partnerships between the more

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Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation

The booklet, titled "Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation: Recognizing the Role of Biodiversity for Human Well-being", aims to demystify and illustrate biodiversity's contribution to development in its various dimensions and to offer some avenues for human and economic more

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Biodiversity: Delivering Results in Europe & the CIS

Humans bear the primary responsibility for the present unprecedented biodiversity loss at several levels – genetic, species, and ecosystems. Of all the problems the world faces in  managing ‘global goods’, only the loss of biodiversity is irreversible. It is important to realize that curbing more

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Bioenergy Primer: Modernised Biomass Energy for Sustainable Development

The primer is designed to help facilitate the practical realization of sustainable modernized bioenergy activities, including the technical, policy and institutional aspects. It notes that bioenergy is an important potential contributor to sustainable energy strategies and can contribute directly more

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