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REDD+ Benefit Sharing: A Comparative Assessment of Three National Policy Approaches

This paper reviews three leading forest sector policy approaches relevant to benefit-sharing for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): payments for ecosystem services, also known as payments for environmental services (PES), participatory forest management (PFM), andmore

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A Draft Framework for Sharing Approaches for Better Multi-Stakeholder Participation Practices

Many countries are beginning to engage stakeholders in domestic REDD+ decision-making processes, often with support from bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental initiatives. As part of the 2010 work plan for the Interim REDD+ Partnership, the Partners identified the need to initiate a processmore

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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 significantmore

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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 6)

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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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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Adapting to Climate Change

The Report showcases the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio, focusing on both the principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. The report highlights emerging achievements of UNDP-GEFmore

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International Waters: Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks

The report discusses the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to 28 international water bodies that were identified as part of the United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) "Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater andmore

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Sustainable Management of Persistant Organic Pollutants in Mauritius

This publication documents objectives, results and lessons of UNDP-supported and GEF co-financed project to assist the Government of Mauritius in its efforts to improve the management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the country. The overall objective of the project is to address themore

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UNDP MPU contribution to sustainable development in LAC since 1992

This report outlines the successes, enabling factors and emerging challenges of UNDP activities to support countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to eliminate ozone-depleting substances. more

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Preparing LECRDS - Executive Summary

This report serves as the Executive Summary to a series of manuals and guidebooks that UNDP is offering in support of Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS). It provides a brief outline of the approach and methodologies that these materials treat in detail. more

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Adapting to CC: UNDP-GEF Initiatives Financed by the LDCF, SCCF and SPA

This Report focuses on principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. more

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Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making

This guidance document intends to provide countries with a practical tool on using climate information in their decision-making processes. This guide addresses these issues of adaptation planning under uncertainty of observed and projected climate change. more

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Formulating Climate Change Scenarios

This guidebook offers project managers and decision-makers, who are working with a team of scientific and technical experts, a framework for the development of a prospective range of climate scenarios in their regions.  It aims to empower project managers and decision-makers to engage inmore

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Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A Primer

This publication provides a basic roadmap for mainstreaming drought risk management into development planning and programming at different levels. It suggests and outlines the steps to define drought risks within a given context. It also presents a methodology for translating risk assessments andmore

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Practitioner's Guide: Capacity Development for Environmental Sustainability

Capacity development and environmental sustainability are both central to UNDP’s mandate and programming.The purpose of this Practitioner’s Guide is to provide practical guidance to UNDP staff, partner countriesand other development partners on the nature of environmental capacity and how tomore

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Practitioners and Policy-makers Exchange on Adaptation in Agriculture

The 'Practitioners and Policy makers Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture', which was held in Bangkok in 2010, facilitated the transfer of knowledge gained from increasing experience with climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector. The FAQ booklet captures participants’more

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Issue Brief: Urban Water Provision in Sub-Saharan Africa

The document summarizes results from case studies of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It notes that although small-scale private providers increase water supply coverage and reduce time spent on fetching water, in the absence of a coherent policy framework with effective tariff enforcement and watermore

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Managing Private Investment in Natural Resources

This primer seeks to provide practical advice on how host countries can manage foreign direct investment inflows to promote national development aspirations (such as poverty reduction, environmental sustainabilityand achievement of the MDGs). more

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Universal Energy Access Towards 2030: The Role of Multi-lateral Agencies

In response to the UN General Assembly recently adopting a resolution to designate 2012 as International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the Environment Energy Group hosted an event with speakers from the World Bank, United Nations Foundation and GRATIS to explore opportunities for themore

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Leading Resilient Development - Grassroots Practices & Innovations

This publication presents a set of grassroots women’s development innovations that build community resilience. The women’s groups and collectives described in this publication are grassroots women’s groups, whose survival and everyday lives are directly affected by natural hazards and climatemore

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