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
Consultation on the 2016 Human Development Report

GC-RED and the UNDP Human Development Report (DHR) Office co-organized a one day stakeholder consultation session on 16 June 2016 to solicit experts' inputs on HDR2016 paricularly from sustainability perspecitve. The Centre also supported in holding two public lectures on human development on 17 June 2016 in Nairobi. More >

2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)

The global observance event for 2016 WDCD was held on 17 June in Beijing, China. At the High-Level Round Table, Ms. Agi Veres, Acting Resident Representative and Country Director in China, presented UNDP’s perspective on land degradation neutrality (LDN) and its ongoing support in LDN target setting. More >

Inviting Experts to Review the First Order Draft of IPBES Thematic Assessment

As part of the open, transparent and collaborative process in the development of IPBES assessment reports, the external First Order Draft review by experts of the IPBES thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration and of the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services will run until 11 July 2016 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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