Environment & Energy

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Reports of demonstration projects on HCFC alternatives

This report was prepared by UNDP based on the results of a project funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and submitted in October 2010. There is an urgent need to assess potential alternative technologies for replacing HCFC-141b in terms ofmore

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Annual Progress Report 2011

The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) is increasingly recognized as a source of knowledge on poverty-environment mainstreaming and as a vehicle to deliver integrated development policies and approaches. This 2011 PEI Annual Progress Report provides a comprehensive overview of progressmore

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Water Resources Management Report-2012

The report follows an earlier UN-Water report presented to the 16th session of the CSD in 2008 which primarily took stock of the development and implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Plans, as required in the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPoI).more

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Energy Subsidies in the Arab World

This report is part of the Arab Human Development Reports’ Research Paper Series which examines energy subsidies in the Arab region. It considers energy subsidies in the context of achieving overall welfare objectives related to expanding energy access and protecting poor households’ incomes; tomore

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UNDP-Taking Stock of Durban

The Durban Climate Conference in December 2011 represented a significant step forward for the United Nations climate change process. Although its outcomes continue to be debated, the Durban Conference could prove to be a game-changing conference for the climate negotiations. This paper evaluatesmore

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Examples of Inclusive Green Economy Approaches in UNDP's Support to Countries

The task of harnessing opportunities afforded by an inclusive green economy approach can be challenging for policy makers and practitioners at all levels even when there is a common understanding of the potential gains across social, economic and environmental strands.  Country contexts differmore

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Mainstreaming Poverty Environment Linkages into Development Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners

This handbook is designed to serve as a guide for champions and practitioners engaged in the task of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. Hard copies can be ordered through the Poverty Environment Facility more

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Habitat Banking in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Feasibility Assessment Main Report

The report hopes to catalyze interest in HB opportunities and act as a platform for political dialogue between stakeholders. In addition to helping us understand how these new concepts can be projected into operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. more

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International Waters – Delivering Results

Since 1991, UNDP-GEF’s International Waters Programme has been supporting over one hundred countries that share some of the world’s largest and most important aquatic ecosystems to work cooperatively in addressing the agreed priority environmental and water resource concerns facing suchmore

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Frontline Observations on Climate Change and Sustainability of Large Marine Ecosystems

The growing risks and impacts of climate change and the accompanying loss of ecosystem services require the world to urgently invest in a new development paradigm.  As the UN’s global development network, UNDP recognizes the increasing urgency of mainstreaming climate change into sustainablemore

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From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia

The report, supported by 13 UN agencies, calls for a transformation to integrated policy making, where social equity, economic growth and environmental protection are approached together. It is a contribution of governments, experts, researchers and development practitioners ahead of the ‘Rio+20’more

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Direct Access to Climate Finance: Experiences and lessons learned

This paper provides an overview of the concept of direct access to funding for climate change actions in developing countries. It focuses on the institutional arrangements that are necessary to facilitate and support direct access and is intended to inform the current and future discussions onmore

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The Power of Local Action: Learning from Communities on the Frontlines of Sustainable Development

Some of the clearest examples of sustainable development can be seen at the local level in community-driven initiatives centered around the sustainable use of local ecosystems.  In the last 20 years, UNDP has compiled an impressive archive of cases that reveal the kinds of development outcomesmore

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Energy Access in Developing Countries

Policies and national programmes must be drastically enhanced to tackle in any significant way energy poverty.  This cannot be done effectively without a clear understanding of the energy access situation in countries, including understanding regional and national trends, rural/urbanmore

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Triple Wins for Sustainable Development

  As countries prepare for the ‘Rio+20’ United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UNDP is pleased to share this report. It sets out national examples of progress toward sustainable development, from developing countries like Nepal and Niger, as well as emerging economies like Southmore

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A Green Economy in a Blue World

The objective of ‘Green Economy in a Blue World’ is to analyse the challenges and opportunities of a potential transition towards a green economy in key sectors heavily linked to the marine and coastal environment – the blue world.  The report will also analyse the necessary policy andmore

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Fast Facts: Integrating environment into development planning

Ecosystem services play a critical role in securing livelihoods, good health, and resilience for poor people around the world. Conversely, if ecosystem services are degraded or access is denied, poverty is exacerbated. This profound connection between the environment and poverty is likely to bemore

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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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Readiness for Climate Finance

This paper presents a framework for understanding what it means to be “ready” to plan for, access, deliver, and monitor climate finance in a transformative way at the national level. The aim is provide policy-makers with an overall lens through which readiness and preparatory activities offered bymore

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From Transition to Transformation

This report was launched at the first Global Human Development Forum which brought together high-level experts from governments, corporations, civil society and international organizations to examine the global policy changes required to ensure a sustainable future for people today and formore

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