Our stories

  • Small island, big results

    The Sabana-Camagüey Ecosystem in the north of Cuba composes a mosaic of rich yet sensitive marine environments. To protect and preserve them, the establishment of partnerships between scientists, local authorities and the community has yielded promising results.

  • Feeding a family, nourishing a community

    Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan in Guatemala is highly affected by chronic malnutrition. To fight food insecurity due to population growth and climate change, UNDP has enabled the development of vegetable gardens, and works with farmers to help adapt their methods.

  • In search of water

    615,000 people are currently displaced by the drought in Somalia. The sand dam, one of the water harvesting structures built by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility, provides vital water access to families, who can in turn use the money saved toward other basic needs.

  • A home lost, found again

    The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has killed 20,000 people and displaced another 2 million. In February 2017, UNDP and Borno’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation started stabilizing Ngwom, clearing destroyed buildings or rehabilitation of houses and basic infrastructure.

  • Fishing for prosperity

    The island of Idjwi is a heaven of peace at the east of DRC, its isolation preventing it from being involved in the region's conflicts. Yet this small territory is also the most populated, which entails a number of economic and environmental challenges.

  • Old buildings, new friends

    In Cyprus, working on shared heritage is bringing communities together.

  • Old buildings, new friends

    In Cyprus, UNDP is working to bring communities together through shared cultural heritage.

  • Drones for social good

    The Maldives, lowest lying country in the world formed by a chain of 1,200 island, is home to nearly 400.000 people. It also faces the threat of extinction due to climate change. To mitigate risks, UNDP and the Government of Maldives started flying drones across the islands to create three-dimensional maps and chart the topography of the terrain.

  • A guilt-free holiday

    Tourism accounts for 5-12 percent of CO2 emissions. Montenegro has a green travel solution for climate action.

  • Return of Colombia's wetlands

    Climate change makes wetlands especially vulnerable to flood and drought. Colombia races to heal a vital ecosystem, thanks to forgotten native seeds more resistant to erratic rainfalls and high temperatures.

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