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 30218-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 762 4640/42


Twitter: @UNDP_GCRED

In Focus
Getting to Zero: A Poverty, Environment and Climate Call to Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

During the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Poverty Environment Partnership joint paper, "Getting to Zero", was launched in the presence of the Director of the Sustainable Development Cluster at UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. More >

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Support

In line with the SDG Target 15.3 to achieve a land degradation-neutral world, GC-RED supported the organization of a series of regional inception workshops to launch the LDN target setting process. In the coming months, the Centre will continually support national LDN target setting process in selected countries.  More >

Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices

The Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices released as part of the ‘Integrated Drought Management Tools and Guidelines Series’, compiled by the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). It covers some of the most commonly used drought indicators/indices that are being applied across drought-prone regions, with the goal of advancing monitoring, early warning and information delivery systems in support of risk-based drought management policies and preparedness plans. Serving as the UNDP representative to the IDMP's Management and Advisory Committee, GC-RED made technical contribution to the development of the handbook. 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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