Environment & Energy

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Decentralized Energy Access and the MDGs

This important study highlights the development benefits resulting from access to electricity for rural and remote communities in Nepal. It is based on the successful expansion of the Rural Energy Development Programme executed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre. Aimed at increasing access more

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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 fiscal more

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Demonstrating HCFC Alternatives under Local Conditions: update from UNDP

With the funding from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, UNDP is implementing a number of demonstration projects to assess the viability of alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons that minimize negative environmental impacts, in particular impacts on climate, more

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Designing Adaptation Initiatives Toolkit

This guide supports the design of measurable, reportable and verifiable adaptation initiatives. It provides step-by-step guidance in designing climate change adaptation projects. 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 on more

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Down to Earth: Territorial Approach to Climate Change

TACC is part of a partnership between the United Nations and sub-national governments for fostering climate friendly development at the sub-national level. This partnership is a collaborative effort involving UNDP, UNEP and eight associations of regions. more

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Draft Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness

This note presents guidance on the key elements of effective stakeholder engagement in the context of REDD+ readiness for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the UN-REDD Programme. It outlines principles for effective participation and consultation, operational guidelines, and practical more

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Drought Risk Management: Practitioner's Perspectives from Africa and Asia

This publication is one of the main outputs from our activities of the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network. Drought is not a new phenomenon: a large part of Africa and Asia  have been facing increased climate variability and extreme events. The terms such as risk more

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Dryland Opportunities: A new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

The Challenge Paper builds on the understanding about climate dynamics in drylands and the role of uncertainty, risk and resilience. It situates this debate in the context of rapid global change - of climate, economy and geopolitics. It emphasizes adaptive potentials, the value of dryland ecosystem more

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 and more

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Ecosystem Management of Coastal & Marine Areas in South Asia

This toolkit offers a step-by-step guide for integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into the coastal and marine ecosystem management that will be quite useful for the field practitioners of coastal areas in the  sub-region. This publication builds on UNDP’s new more

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Ecosystems, Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals

This working paper sets out a framework to scale up locally-driven solutions to ecosystem decline, climate change and poverty. Its thesis is that local actors are the most effective drivers of change at the local level, and that empowering local organizations to carry out their own initiatives is more

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Ecotourism Development: A Manual for Conservation Planners & Managers - Vol. II

The volume provides guidance on both key conservation management and key business development strategies. It includes an introduction to the critical elements of ecotourism management planning including zoning, visitor impact monitoring, visitor site design and management, income generation more

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Empowering Lives, Building Resilience

This publication features success stories from countries where UNDP support has resulted in transformative changes, including by fostering the growth of institutional and human capacities.   To qualify as a transformational success, a story needed to demonstrate tangible and sustainable more

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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, indicating more

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Energizing the MDGs: A Guide to Energy's Role in Reducing Poverty

The UNDP Guide offers an overview of some of the most pertinent issues regarding development and energy and provides suggestions and examples on how to address energy within broader efforts to reach the MDGs. more

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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/urban more

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Energy Poverty: How to make modern energy access universal?

This joint report on energy poverty published by IEA, UNDP, and UNIDO is an early excerpt of the IEA's 2010 World Energy Outlook (WEO). It quantifies the number of people that lack access to modern energy services, the investment costs required to meet this gap and potential technology options 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 for more

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Energy Services to achieve the MDGs and to alleviate poverty in the LAC region

This joint initiative of the ECLAC, UNDP, and the club de Madrid reaffirms the importance of energy access in poverty reduction of the most vulnerable groups and achieving the MDGs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The report recommends strengthening governmental planning and processes to more

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