Environment & Energy

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Local Business for Global Biodiversity Conservation

The guidebook aims to support biodiversity projects implemented by UNDP/GEF in planning viable and alternative livelihoods to reduce threats to local natural resources. It proposes that by adopting a focused strategy for small business development, conservation planners can help local communitiesmore

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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 collaborationmore

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LP Gas Applications for Rural Energy Development

The brochure details the benefits of LPG gas in rural development. It explores the aspects of rural access, cooking use, productive services, food preparation and processing, community services and the powering of the local economy. more

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UNDP CDM Manual

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) User's Guide is designed as a reference tool primarily for UNDP Programme Managers to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of the CDM and implement projects efficiently and equitably in a variety of national and sectoral contexts. The documentmore

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LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge

LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge is a public-private partnership initiative between UNDP and the World LP Gas Association. The brochure provides a brief overview of the initiative's objectives, partnership approach, and in-country operations. more

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UNDP Annual Report 2003

For the international community—and the United Nations system—2002 was a time of enormous challenges. We witnessed the relentless spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, the appearance of new conflicts and famine in Africa, renewed instability in some democracies in Latin America, andmore

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Challenge Paper: Land Tenure Reform and the Drylands

The paper focuses on the need to rethink conventional wisdom on land tenure approaches and asks how we can best respond to the land tenure problems. It provides a comparative overview of land tenure systems in the drylands, identifies challenges and trends in land tenure reform projects, and offersmore

Challenge Paper: Pastoralism and Mobility in the Drylands

The paper notes that pastoralists have been ill-served by development policies due to myths and misunderstandings of pastoralism, which distort policy-making about pastoral livelihood systems. The paper outlines new policies to address the marginalization of pastoralists from mainstream society. more

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Energy for Sustainable Development: A Policy Agenda

As a follow-up to the World Energy Assessment, this publication focuses on policy options and effective implementation. It offers informed guidance on the next steps, on how to shape public policy so that it accelerates the growth of energy systems that support sustainable development. more

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Clean Energy for Development and Economic Growth

The document explores the linkages between renewable energy, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and climate change in developing countries. In particular, the paper places emphasis on biomass-based energy systems. Biomass energy has a number of unique attributes that make it particularlymore

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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 directlymore

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Preventing Land Degradation, Sustaining Livelihoods

The brochure, part of UNDP/GEF's "Lessons for the future" series, highlights examples of UNDP/GEF activities to combat land degradation in Morocco, the Caucasus, Senegal, Lesotho, Pakistan and Sudan. Approaches covered include empowering traditional pastoralists, conserving arid andmore

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Linking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management

The report focuses on ways to reduce poverty and sustain growth by improving environmental management. It demonstrates that sound and equitable management of the environment is integral to achieving the MDGs, and argues for a coherent, focused framework for action, with clear goals and achievablemore

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UNDP Annual Report 2002

For the international community—and the United Nations system—2002 was a time of enormous challenges. We witnessed the relentless spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, the appearance of new conflicts and famine in Africa, renewed instability in some democracies in Latin America, andmore

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Closing The Loop: Ecological Sanitation for Food Security

This publication presents a shift in the way people think about and act upon human excreta. It notes that Human excreta are a resource not a waste. Ecological sanitation is a "closed loop" approach preventing pollution by recycling nutrients and organic matter. Ecological sanitation ismore

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Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women

Through eight case studies drawn from Africa and Asia on energy and women, the report provides concrete examples of how improving poor women's access to affordable and clean energy services can act as an entry point to achieving multiple development objectives, including income and employmentmore

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Challenge Paper: Poverty and the Drylands

As part of UNDP's Global Development Imperative Challenge Paper Series, this publication challenges the current wisdom on the distribution and condition of drylands populations and offers more realistic scenarios that decision-makers can take seriously. The paper sets out this challenge andmore

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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 themore

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UNDP and Indigenous Peoples: A Policy of Engagement

This policy note provides an overview of UNDP’s policy and engagement with indigenous peoples based on its mandate from the Charter of the United Nations. This note is the result of a series of consultations with numerous representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs) worldwide as wellmore

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UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: A Policy of Engagement

UNDP and Civil Society Organization: A Policy of Engagement (2001) provides set of principles to guide UNDP engagement with CSOs, and highlights policy and programmatic implications. more

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