Environment & Energy

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Gender Dimensions of the Adaptation Fund

The enormous cost of adaptation combined with vulnerable countries’ limited resources make designing and implementing climate change adaptation programmes extraordinarily challenging. Though capacity and knowledge baselines vary significantly among and within countries and regions, many womenmore

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Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive Policy and Practical Guidelines

Disasters don’t discriminate, but people do. Existing socio-economic conditions mean that disasters can lead to different outcomes even for demographically similar communities - but inevitably the most vulnerable groups suffer more than others. Research reveals that disasters reinforce, perpetuatemore

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Guidelines: Ensuring Impacts from SLM – Development of a Global Indicator System

The guidelines, by the GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’, presents a set of four global impact indicators and their methodologies which, when taken together, can be used to determine the trends in combating land degradation and desertificationmore

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Measuring Impacts of Sustainable Land Management

The GEF-funded project ‘Ensuring Impacts from SLM - Development of a Global Indicator System’ (KM:Land), developed a suite of global and project-level indicators to measure global environmental benefits and local livelihood benefits. The indicators and accompanying conceptual framework are nowmore

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Fast Facts: Universal Energy Access

Some 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and a billion more only have access to unreliable electricity networks. About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (traditional biomass and coal) to meet their basic needs. Access to modern energy services for cooking and heating, lighting andmore

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UNDP in Action 2011

This report takes stock of achievements made in 2010/2011 and provides momentum for meeting future demands. On the ground in 177 countries and territories worldwide, UNDP continues to assist governments in empowering their citizens through projects and programmes that make a difference in people'smore

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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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