In the last few decades, environmental sustainability has been recognized as a key part of development. It forms one of the Millennium Development Goals and dominates the post-2015 consultations. But let`s be honest: Economy-centred growth, with little regard for environmental impact, still dominates the development strategies of most countries.
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This is a story of how we won hearts and minds in Georgia with our World Environment Day campaign. But first, let me start with a bit of background.
From its significance to the silk trade routes in the 13th century, to its rise as a great energy producer during the first oil boom of the 19th century, Azerbaijan has long been known for its geo-strategic position in the world. Today, with the successful completion of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, this has never been truer.
The Rioni River basin in Georgia is becoming more and more susceptible to extreme climate events. Floods, landslides, and mud torrents are increasing in both intensity and frequency, causing extensive damage to agriculture, forests, roads, and communications infrastructure. More than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land has fallen out of use in the past decade due to… Read more »
Tajikistan’s mountainous landscape is certainly beautiful, but it’s also difficult to cultivate: only seven percent of the land is suitable for economic use. Nevertheless, agriculture remains the backbone of the economy, and the poor in particular depend on it for their livelihoods.
A year ago, we received seed funding from the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund for an innovative agricultural project. Today, we’re testing hydroponics alongside the conventional methods of growing vegetables in order to figure out which one yields more.
Last week I accompanied UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, on a trip to Serbia. We went to see for ourselves the damage wrought by the floods that struck in May. The most catastrophic natural disaster in the Balkans in over a century, the floods led to over 50 deaths, with thousands displaced and left homeless. Even… Read more »
Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development - we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on - while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.
Here in Almaty, we’re working hard to not only green the streets but also to get people out on them. That’s why part of our “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” (CAST) project focuses on involving various social groups, communities and movements to work together. This is how we got to know the Velo-Almaty crew, a grassroots… Read more »
Here at UNDP in Uzbekistan, we are working to better the lives of those affected by the Aral Sea disaster. As part of this programme, we recently procured solar panels in order to provide access to alternative energy sources for rural healthcare facilities in the Muynak district.