Projects and Initiatives

UNDP’s biodiversity and ecosystems portfolio is the largest in the UN system. We work in 146 countries, managing 512 projects on ecosystems and biodiversity with US$ 1.5 billion in funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other sources, and co-financing of US$ 3.5 billion. The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided over 12,000 small grants in 122 countries to local NGOs, community based organizations and indigenous peoples to safeguard the ecosystems and natural resources on which they depend.

Cape Verde - Ecosystem Management in and Around Protected Area:

Cape Verde has recently been recognized as a global hotspot for terrestrial and marine biodiversity and—in particular—as a centre for endemism. This archipelago’s unique terrestrial habitats form part of the realm of the Macaronesian Forests, which is a WWF Global 200 Ecoregion. more

Cambodia - Establishing Conservation Areas Landscape Management in the Northern Plains of Cambodia:

The remote Northern Plains of Cambodia are an important repository of biodiversity: a refuge for key populations of 40 species on the IUCN Red List—including six critically endangered species. more

Russia - Demonstrating Sustainable Conservation of Biodiversity in Four Protected Areas of Russian Kamchatka Krai, Phase II:

Kamchatka is recognized as one of the WWF’s Global 200 Ecoregions, due to its globally significant biodiversity. Its ecosystems include arctic and alpine tundra, boreal coniferous forests, temperate deciduous forests, freshwater lake ecosystems, freshwater wetlands, and marine inshore waters. more

Egypt - Conservation & Sustainable Use of Native Biodiversity Resources used for Herbal, Medicinal, Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Purposes (MPCP):

Located at the northeastern corner of Africa and the western extension of Asia, Egypt contains two biogeographical corridors that link the tropics in the south with the palearctics in the north. more

Philippines - Samar Island Biodiversity Project:

Samar, the third largest island in the Philippines archipelago, contains one of the country’s largest unfragmented tracts of lowland rainforest. more

Ethiopia - Sustainable Development of the Protected Area System:

The biogeography and biodiversity of Ethiopia is characterized by two dominant geographical features: the Ogaden, one of the three centers of endemism of the ancient arid Horn of Africa, and the highland plateau. more

Seychelles - Mainstreaming Biodiversity Management into Production Sector Activities:

Isolated from the continents for 65 million years, the fauna and flora of the Republic of Seychelles have evolved into unique species of Gondwanan lineage. more

Belarus - Catalyzing sustainability of the wetland protected area system in Belarusian Polesie through increased management efficiency and realigned land use practices:

Polesie—a unique biogeographical region characterized by specific geological, morphological and hydrological features that spans southern Belarus, Northern Ukraine and parts of Poland and Russia—serves as an important ecological corridor for many flora and fauna species. more

Botswana - Building Local Capacity for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Okavango Delta:

Situated in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a globally important wetland ecosystem and the largest Ramsar Site in the world. more

Georgia: local and natural crop varieties make a comeback to combat climate change

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Georgia’s Agrobiodiversity, Georgia’s lost agrobiodiversity has been brought back from the brink. more

Haiti - Strengthening adaptive capacity of coastal communities

the UNDP supported project Building adaptive capacity to address climate change threats for sustainable development strategies in coastal communities aims to reduce the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems and farmers' and fishermen's livelihoods to climate change by building sustainable human and environmental adaptation capacity. more

Belize - Empowering local communities to protect the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The mission of the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT) in Belize is to conserve the integrity and character of the Belize Barrier Reef System, a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site more

Argentina - 18 years of support to protect the biodiversity of Argentina’s Patagonian Coast

Recognizing the importance of this region to Argentina’s economy and to global biodiversity conservation, UNDP and GEF partnered to strategically secure the biodiversity of the area through two projects that collectively spanned nearly two decades. more

Lebanon - Safeguarding and restoring woodland resources

The long-term goal of this project is to complement on-the-ground investments undertaken through the National Reforestation Programme by strengthening the enabling environment and building capacity for sustainable land management as a contribution to greater ecosystem stability, enhanced food security and improved rural livelihoods. more

India - Community-based natural resource management pays dividends

Through the TRAC-funded project Biodiversity Conservation through Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CRBM), UNDP works with communities in four states in India—Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Orissa—to promote sustainable biodiversity-based livelihoods. In parallel, the UNDP supported GEF funded project Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve’s Coastal Biodiversity integrates biodiversity conservation objectives into the development initiatives in the Gulf of Mannar. more

Green Commodities Facility - Investing in livelihoods and markets for sustainable development

The UNDP’s Green Commodities Facility helps countries finance and market climate-resilient cash crops, linking green commodities with markets and promoting public-private partnerships to transform supply chains. more

Mongolia - Great "Steppes" forward through ecosystem-based adaptation

Launched in 2012, the project Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approach to Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia, co-funded by the Adaptation Fund, the Government of Mongolia and UNDP is working with communities, local and national governments and NGOs in the Altai and Eastern Steppe landscapes. more

Global - Catalyzing support for protected areas

In direct response to the creation of POWPA, UNDP designed the Early Action Grant Project for Protected Areas to establish a fast-disbursing mechanism to assist eligible countries to undertake country-driven early actions in line with this Programme. more

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