Environment & Energy

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The UN-REDD Programme Strategy - 2011-2015

For the purpose of this strategy, REDD+ refers to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. more


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


Recycling of the Municipal Waste through Biogas Production and Composting

In 1990, a group of sixteen women from Lalitpur, Nepal started collecting waste from the neighboring 50 households. This initiative lead to the establishment of the organization called Women Environment Protection Committee (WEPCO). By 2004, waste collection expanded to 1000 households, whereinmore


The Mekhe Solar Cooker Project

The project aims to create a model for the sustainable use of renewable energy and regeneration of plant resources. The overall goal is to preserve vegetation through reforestation and the use of solar energy as an alternative to firewood. The project’s Technical Advisor, Mr. Abdoulaye Toure, builtmore


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 accessmore


Fast Facts: UNDP and Climate Change in Africa

Africa will be the continent hardest hit by climate change because it faces more severe climatic effects than other regions, its economies rely on climate-dependent sectors such as agriculture, and its capacities to cope and adapt are generally limited. With its presence in every African countrymore


Technological Cooperation and Climate Change

A Consultation on “Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change” was organized jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), Government of India and UNDP in India. This publication comprises commissioned papers which were presented and discussed at the consultation. Themore


Resource Constraints and Economic Performance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This report explores the link between resource constraints and economic performance for countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It documents the biocapacity situation of every country in the region, linking it to economic performance and other indicators of financial health. It suggests thatmore


Fast Facts: Climate Change

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world.   By putting climate change adaptationmore


Protecting Biodiversity in Production Landscapes

The report examines the impact of agricultural supply chains on biodiversity and provides recommendations for conservation policies to protect vital ecoystems. The ever increasing world population is placing great strains on biodiversity and the ecosystem services that support the production ofmore


The Business Case for Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+

This paper aims to integrate gender equality considerations into the readiness support delivered by the UN-REDD Programme and seeks to enhance the capacities of governments to design and implement gender-responsive national REDD+ strategies and programmes. Relying on both a human rights and amore


FACT SHEET No. 33: Ozone-Friendly Pure Ceylon Tea: Grown Free from Methyl Bromide

The purpose of this factsheet is to help National Ozone Units (NOUs) of governments worldwide and other readers learn from the experience of Sri Lanka in phasing out the use of methyl bromide in the tea-growing sector. The phase out of MB in tea industry in Sri Lanka is also an example of phase outmore


Supporting Transformational Change

The purpose of this report is to reflect on UNDP’s experience of development cooperation over the past 50 years, and to extract some common themes and general lessons about development cooperation for the future. The report makes the case that development is a long-term proposition and is seldommore


Gender Dimensions of the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund

In 2001, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the first multilateral adaptation finance instruments: the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). The LDCF focuses on the “urgent and immediate adaptation needs” of themore


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


The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme Overview Brochure

This brochure succinctly outlines the structure, objectives and support mechanisms established for the LECB Programme – A global initiative to support Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA), Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) asmore


A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability

"A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability", jointly prepared by UNDP’s Water & Ocean Governance Programme, IOC/UNESCO, FAO and IMO, contextualizes and sets forth a series of ten tangible proposals to shift the oceans management paradigm towards sustainability, and ismore


2011 Annual Review of UNDP portfolio financed by GEF Chemicals Focal Area

This report assesses the performance in 2010-2011 of the portfolio of UNDP projects funded through GEF focal areas on chemicals. The report documents results, impact, lessons, and experiences emerging from the portfolio. Under its chemicals program, the GEF provides incremental funding support tomore


Fighting Corruption in the Water Sector

This publication is part of a series of UNDP-sponsored studies that present methods, tools and good practices to map corruption risks, develop strategies and sustain partnerships to address challenges and tackle corruption in the education, health and water sectors. They complement UNDP’s MDGmore

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