Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification

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The Nairobi-based Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) is one of UNDP’s six Global Policy Centres. Building on the work of the former Drylands Development Centre (DDC), GC-RED is responsible for advancing global thinking and knowledge sharing on inclusive and sustainable development in drylands and other fragile ecosystems.  It works to explore solutions in two major areas:

  1. Sustainable management of renewable natural capital for optimal livelihoods support and jobs creation, with a particular focus on the poorest and most vulnerable communities; and
  2. Social and ecological resilience in drylands and other fragile ecosystems.

We combine critical policy analysis and institutional capacity building with concrete programmatic interventions on the ground. More >


What we do

  • Resilience Policy Support

    GC-RED undertakes and supports applied research and analysis and compiles evidence on socio-ecological resilience, using various tools such as Community-Based Resilience Analysis (CoBRA) methodology. more

Contact GC-RED

Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED)

Physical address: UN Office at Nairobi, Gigiri, Block M Middle Level, UN Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

Mailing address: P.O. Box 30552-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 762 4640/42


Twitter: @UNDP_GCRED

In Focus
What do climate-resilient communities look like? Ask them.

Read the GC-RED colleague's recent blog article toUNDP Africa, highlighting the contribution of the Centre's fragship resilience measurement tool, CoBRA, to make resilience building works more community-driven and evidence-based. More >

2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)

The 2016 WDCD, to be observed on 17 June, advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals. More >

IGAD Drought Resilience and Sustainability Initiative's (IDDRSI) Resilience Focus 3

GC-RED's recent technical support to Kenya on the development of results-based M&E system is highlighted in the third edition of the IDDRSI Resilience Focus magazine. More > 

Featured Publications
GC-RED Brochure

This brochure provides an overview of GC-RED, including the centre's thematic and operational frameworks.

Delivering Results in Degraded Lands for People and Planet

This document outlines the UNDP’s support to countries on sustainable land management and rehabilitation.

Gender and Drylands Development: Empowering Women for Change

Consisting of three thematic study papers and one synthesis report, this publication explores the issues of gender justice with respect to dryland land rights, governance and resilience.

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