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Biomass Energy for Cement Production: Opportunities in Ethiopia

Biomass and biomass residues, if sourced in an environmentally and socially sustainable fashion, represent a vast – and largely untapped – renewable energy source for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The guide seeks to outline the potential, taking the Ethiopian cement sector as a specific more

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Blending climate finance through national climate funds

An important tool that can help countries to make the most of climate finance is a National Climate Fund (NCF). An NCF is a country-driven mechanism that supports the collection, blending, coordination of, and accounting for climate finance at the national level. This guidebook presents a process more

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Boots on the Ground Report 2011

Through the Strategic Initiative to Address Climate Change in LDCs, aka "Boots on the Ground" UNDP provides institutional support and capacity development services to LDC governments in the area of climate change. The objective of the project is to support 26 low-income countries, more

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Boots on the Ground Report 2012

Through the Strategic Initiative to Address Climate Change in LDCs, aka "Boots on the Ground" UNDP provides institutional support and capacity development services to LDC governments in the area of climate change. The objective of the project is to support 26 low-income countries, more

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Brazil: Early Retirement for Refrigerators & ODS Banks Management

This country case study presents progress on a pilot project established by UNDP to promote a successful phase out of the production and consumption of CFCs in Brazil. UNDP developed a project that will help address Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) destruction in Brazil and thereby contribute to a more

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Bridging the divide through sustainable and innovative energy technologies

This expert report highlights the need to bridge the divide between climate change and poverty reduction through innovative energy technologies and to bring about transformational impacts to address these dual challenges. The report argues that providing financing for innovative ideas, low-cost, more

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Bringing Small-Scale Finance to the Poor for Modern Energy Services

Access to small-scale finance tailored to low-income individuals, households, and businesses is extremely important for expanding access to modern energy services. This UNDP report looks at the current gap that exists between access to modern energy and small-scale finance and focuses on the role more

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CBD: Benefit Sharing Perspectives from Enterprising Communities

This report elaborates on how various communities in a range of ecosystems share the benefits derived from economic activities and how that affects their ability to meet their needs and ensure social and economic well-being. This report also focuses on inter- and intra-community equity in economic more

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COMPACT: Engaging local communities in stewardship of protected areas

This publication highlights the work of Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT) and demonstrates how community-based initiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in and around World Heritage Sites through several country more

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CWI: Fostering Water Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The Community Water Initiative (CWI) has funded successful projects in some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. The publication highlights case studies that represent the types of projects funded through CWI that have helped foster water security in local more

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Capacity Development: A UNDP Primer

This primer addresses the basic elements of the UNDP approach to capacity development. It provides a simple, cogent and accessible illustration of the UNDP Capacity Development Approach for the benefit of development practitioners both within and beyond the UN development system – a real-world more

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Catalysing Ocean Finance

The world’s oceans and coastal areas are an integral part of life on earth. They are under significant threat, whether that be from pollution, overexploita­tion, habitat loss, invasive species, or climate change.   Catalysing Ocean Finance demonstrates that, far from being an intractable more

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Catalyzing Climate Finance

This guidebook is offered as a primer to countries to enable them to better assess the level and nature of assistance they will require to catalyse climate capital based on their unique set of national, regional and local circumstances. more

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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 offers more

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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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 and more

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Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development

Integrated climate change planning - a how-to guide for local and regional policy-makers on planning a low-carbon future. This document focuses on the importance of full engagement of sub-national authorities to comprehensively address climate change and suggests that taking the necessary action to more

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Chemicals Management: The why and how of mainstreaming gender

The publication, part of the Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines Series, provides an approach to mainstreaming gender in chemicals management, together with a discussion of priorities for UNDP support to assist partners with mainstreaming gender considerations at each step of a national process to more

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Chemicals and gender

Guidance document describes important linkages between development, gender, and chemicals management. While policymakers are beginning to understand the important role played by the sound management of chemicals in economic and social development, it is also important to recognize the significant 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 particularly more

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