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Global Partnership for Community Based Adaptation

This brochure explains UNDP’s Global Partnership for Community Based Adaptation (GPCBA) in partnership with governments, civil society and philanthropic donors. The brochure also highlights several success stories, goals and aims of the initiative, and key sectors of adaptation. more

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Greater quality and quantity of energy services lead to achievement of the MDGs

The paper proposes that while there is no MDG specific to energy, it will be impossible to achieve the Goals without improving the quality and quantity of energy services. The paper notes that for UNDP, the types of energy services, rather than energy supplies, are highly critical to the more

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Green Commodities Facility Brochure

This document introduces the Green Commodities Facility, explains the rationale and need for the Facility, describes its approach and highlights its added value and services. more

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Green Economy in Action

The Green Economy is one in which the vital linkages among the economy, society, and environment are taken into account. This selection of articles and excerpts emerged in response to the need to fill the knowledge gap on practical, concrete, and on the ground green economy country experience. It more

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Green Jobs for the Poor: A Public Employment Approach

This paper explores the potential for governments to create ‘green jobs’ in developing countries by funding public employment activities to preserve biodiversity, restore degraded land, combat erosion, and conserve water. The paper draws on the experiences of the Working for Water programme in more

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Green Jobs for the Poor: A Public Employment Approach

This paper explores the potential for governments to create ‘green jobs’ in developing countries by funding public employment activities to preserve biodiversity, restore degraded land, combat erosion, and conserve water. The paper draws on the experiences of the Working for Water programme in more

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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 desertification more

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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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HDRO: Mobility and Migration

This note offers guidance for national and regional human development report teams that seek to investigate and strengthen the human development gains associated with migration in their countries. The note offers suggestions on how a report on mobility can be refined and conceptualized based on a more

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Habitat Banking in Latin America and the Caribbean

The report provides an assessment of the feasibility of building successful habitat mitigation banking schemes in the Latin America and Caribbean region, highlighting the value and opportunity for countries to adopt banking approaches to supplement their traditional conservation strategies. more

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Habitat Banking in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Feasibility Assessment Main Report

The report hopes to catalyze interest in HB opportunities and act as a platform for political dialogue between stakeholders. In addition to helping us understand how these new concepts can be projected into operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. more

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Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change

This advance document of the updated Technology Needs Assessment Handbook (TNA) provides a detailed framework for the development and implementation of technology needs assessments and in particular in the development of technology programmes and strategies in developing countries. more

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Harnessing local environmental knowledge in East Africa

The publication, published in partnership between UNDP and SIDA's Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA), presents the outcome of a regional workshop held in February 1999 in Tanzania with participation by NGOs and farmer innovators from the three countries, key national and international partners more

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Heating in Transition

The publication is the third issue of UNDP/GEF 'Lessons for the Future' series and it focuses on the evolution of the barrier removal model for service delivery, emerging trends in project financing and management issues relevant to heating projects. The analysis refers primarily to the 20 heating more

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How is the Sound Management of Chemicals related to the MDGs?

The flyer briefly shows how the sound management of chemicals is related to the MDGs. It presents ways in which proper use of chemicals can contribute to poverty reduction, achievement of universal primary education, empowerment of women and gender equality, reducing child mortality, improvement of more

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Human Development Report 2006 - Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis

Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environments and supports livelihoods – but it is also a source of risk and more

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Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals: Making the Link

This UNDP Primer is based on the views and experiences of development practitioners on linking human rights and the MDGs in their work. It provides basic guidance on how to make the link and explores the key questions that practitioners will face in doing so. more

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Implementing the MDGs in the Drylands of the World

The paper highlights the economic and ecological potential of drylands, as well as the vast information accumulated over the last few decades on their strategic importance to national development and meeting the MDG targets. It advocates for a new strategy for catalyzing and fast-tracking more

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Implications of Water and Electricity Supply for the Time Allocation of Women

The Working Paper, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, investigates the time allocation of women in Ghana as a trade-off between domestic chores and market-oriented activities when households are provided with water and electricity infrastructure. more

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Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

The report is based on the findings of a baseline survey carried out in four cross-border sites of global biodiversity significance in East Africa. The survey aimed to establish which dryland commodities might have sufficient market potential to lead to an improvement in livelihoods, while enabling more

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