Environment & Energy

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Toward Recovery and Sustainability of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems During Climate Change

The integrity of all 64 of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) and the livelihoods of billions of people that depend upon them are under threat not only from climate change, but also from overfishing, toxic pollution, nutrient over-enrichment, invasive species, habitat degradation, andmore

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Oceans at Rio+20: How Well Are We Doing in Meeting the Commitments from the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development? Summary for Decision Makers

This publication was prepared by the civil society organization the Global Ocean Forum (www.globaloceans.org ) with financing and technical support from UNDP-GEF. It measures the progress made toward the broad goals, targets, and timetables established by the international community. The analysismore

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The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands

The purpose of this publication is to highlight the development challenges faced by people who live in drylands and to outline how these challenges can be tackled successfully. Covering about 40 percent of the world’s land surface, dryland is home to more than 2 billion people in nearly 100more

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Fast Facts: Waste Management

The inadequate management of chemicals and waste can pose serious threats to human health and the environment and undermine economic and social development. At greatest risk are the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. more

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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 7)

The newsletter includes updates on projects, performance indicators, impacts and results, and policy and mainstreaming announcements on UNDP's activities around the world in support of climate change adaptation. more

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Services and supply chains- The role of the domestic private sector in water service delivery in Tanzania

This report presents findings from a review of the service activities of informal private water vendors in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s capital is a rapidly growing city, and around 70% of the population lacks proper housing and lives in informal  settlements. Large parts of the city remain more

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Output-Based Contracts in Small-Town Water Supply in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities

This report presents findings from a review of the role of the domestic private sector in the delivery of urban water in Uganda.  Since the introduction of the output-based aid (OBA) scheme in 2008, some towns have seen a relatively rapid increase in the number of connections, while using lessmore

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HCFC alternatives in RAC (Portuguese)

This publication is a compilation of technical papers presented during the seminars "Dissemination of the Use of Alternative Fluids Systems Refrigeration & Air Conditioning" organized in Brazil by the Ministry of Environment and UNDP. more

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Paving the Way for Climate-resilient Infrastructure

This report summarizes the proceedings of the El Salvador conference (June 2010) "Strategies for Adapting Public and Private Infrastructure to Climate Change". It outlines the multiple development benefits of climate-proofing infrastructure. While these proceedings address the specificmore

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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 processmore

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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 countrymore

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Annual Performance Report of UNDP supported GEF financed projects (2009-2010)

The Report highlights progress made in 2010 and results achieved by a sub-set of UNDP supported programmes and projects, all of which received some financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) alongside that of other co-financers, and have been under implementation for more than one year asmore

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Small-Scale Water Providers in Kenya: Pioneers or Predators?

There are two main schools of thought about the role of small-scale private water providers. Proponents view them as pioneers and gap-fillers, supplying water where utilities are not providing it adequately. Sceptics argue that they are predators who charge high prices and supply poor qualitymore

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Flyer for Boots on the Ground Strategic Initiative

This flyer outlines some of the work being done under UNDP's Strategic Initiative to Address Climate Change in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which works with 26 low-income countries, including 23 LDCs, onto build capacity on climate change policy. more

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Local governance, Anti-corruptions and REDD+ in Latin America

The Transparency and Accountability in Local Governments (TRAALOG) regional initiative started in April 2010. The TRAALOG has been supported by the Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF), the Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE), and themore

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Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners

The present guide follows the same structure as the handbook. It is designed to assist champions and practitioners engaged in mainstreaming climate change adaptation. It should be seen as an invitation for mainstreaming specialists and adaptation experts to partner, each bringing their added valuemore

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Fast Facts: Gender and Environment

Dependent as they are on the environment to feed their families and eke out a living, the world’s poorest people suffer the most from changes in climate and the degradation of natural resources.  The world’s poorest inhabitants – six out of ten of whom are female – are therefore most severelymore

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Gender and Water: UNDP Water Governance Issue Series

Water management activities gain efficiency and impact when both women and men are involved in decision-making. Equitable access to and management of water is fundamental in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. This applies to women’s and men’s equitable access tomore

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Gender Dimensions of the Clean Development Mechanism

Established by the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has two concurrent objectives: to reduce emissions and promote sustainable development. A market-based mechanism, the CDM generates funds through investments in emissions-reduction projects in developing countries. Uponmore

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Gender Dimensions of the Climate Investment Funds

The evolving family of Climate Investment Funds (CIF) comprises international investment instruments designed to offer interim funding to support developing countries’mitigation and adaptation efforts. Jointly established by The World Bank and regional multilateral development banks, the Funds weremore

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