Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification

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The Nairobi-based Global Centre focusing on Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (GC-REAL) is one of UNDP’s six Global Policy Centres. Building on the work of the former Drylands Development Centre (DDC), GC-REAL 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-REAL 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-REAL

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

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



In Focus
21st Meeting of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP21)

GC-REAL will participate in the PEP21, which will be held in Bangladesh between 30 May and 1 June 2016, with the aim to enhance inter-engagement between PEP and UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative. More >

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

Read the GC-REAL 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 >

Featured Publications
GC-REAL Brochure

This document provides the overview of the GC-REAL and its work.  

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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