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Sustainable development

Environment and natural capital

Drawing on over forty years of experience, UNDP assists countries to implement their obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to integrate environmental concerns into national and sectoral plans and strategies; secure resources; and implement programmes that advance inclusive, sustainable development, and strengthen livelihoods.

UNDP’s support for environmental management and nationally-owned sustainable development pathways includes the following areas: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, including Forest Management; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification; Water and Ocean Governance; Climate Change; Energy; Chemicals and Waste Management; Green Economy; and Extractive Industries.

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Women custodians of life: Protecting our ocean and biodiversity one day at a time along the Madagascar shoreline.
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Artisanal beach clam harvesting supports rural women’s livelihoods in Gargour, Tunisia.
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Forest and Human: UNDP is working together with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs to support long-term conservation of biodiversity of Turkey's forests.
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Citizens celebrating the World Environment Day to raise awareness on environmental conservation in Uzbekistan.

UNDP works across these areas to address issues of environmental governance, policy, regulation, capacity development, financing, human rights, gender, technology, South-South learning, and public, private, and civil society partnerships at all levels.

UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Multilateral Fund (MLF), and Adaptation Fund (AF), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since their establishment. UNDP has assisted over 150 countries to access more than $2 billion from these vertical funds since 2010.

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