Environment & Energy

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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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To Tackle Energy Poverty, UN-Energy Retreat Discusses UN Energy Access Facility

UNDP, UNEP and UNIDO presented the UN Energy Access Facility (UN-EAF) framework, explained complements to other initiatives and discussed next steps to representatives from donors, private sector, and development organizations. The UN-EAF, un-veiled at the 2010 MDG Summit is expected to officiallymore

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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 5)

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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Staying on Track : Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change

Maximizing the effectiveness of climate finance must include steps to reduce the potential for corruption, as large influxes of resources coupled with an imperative to spend can create conditions ripe for corruption. This report identifies the corruption risks in relation to two elements of themore

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Fast Facts: Human Rights Based Approach and Water Governance

UNDP promotes a human rights based approach (HRBA) in its work to improve water resources management and access to water and sanitation. The document highlights the synergy between an HRBA and water governance. It provides examples of the Water Governance Programme’s work with the right to watermore

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UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development

The report presents an overview of UNDP's work on environment and energy and how such efforts are helping to accelerate achievement of the MDGs. It aims to demonstrate the importance of environment and energy across multiple MDGs; share experiences as contribution to the MDG Review Summit; and tomore

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Perspectives on REDD+

This short document explores difficult questions in three articles that look at the challenges around the application of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in stakeholder engagement for REDD+; the multiple ecosystem-based benefits of REDD+ beyond carbon; and Measuring, Reporting, Verificationmore

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Local Governance and Climate Change: A Discussion Note

The Note tries to articulate in practical terms what has (or has not) been done by local governments (LGs) in addressing climate change, and what can be done to improve outcomes from this interface. The overall conclusion is that there is little hard evidence that climate change figures prominentlymore

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AAP: UNDP and JICA

This flyer describes some of the areas of collaboration between UNDP and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in their work on climate change and the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). more

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Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change

The UNDP report was launched during the 14th International Anti Corruption Conference in Bangkok in November 2010. It maps out major corruption risks in the areas of adaptation and REDD+ and makes recommendations to identify actions to minimize these risks. more

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Draft Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness

This note presents guidance on the key elements of effective stakeholder engagement in the context of REDD+ readiness for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the UN-REDD Programme. It outlines principles for effective participation and consultation, operational guidelines, and practicalmore

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Latin America and the Caribbean Human Development Report 2010

The Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 champions a new approach to understanding and tackling the prevailing inequality in terms of human development plaguing Latin American and Caribbean countries. The report is divided into six chapters, which explore themore

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Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings

To increase the adoption of energy-efficient investments and behaviors in buildings, public policies are necessary to eliminate barriers that discourage stakeholders from pursuing energy efficiency. The report aims to help policymakers wishing to initiate or develop policies promoting energymore

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Belarus Project Guidebook on Peatland Rehabilitation

The report provides a general description of the hydrology of natural, damaged mires and depleted peatlands, as well as technical approaches and methods of restoration of hydrological regimes currently applied in international practice and falling within the framework of the UNDP-GEF project onmore

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UNDP & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities (Issue 4)

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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