Environment and Energy

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  • Rejuvenating the Ganga: Improving Rural Sanitation in Jharkhand

    Millions of people in India depend upon the Ganga for their livelihood and well-being. A lifeline for almost 45 percent of the population, the river today suffers from overuse and pollution. This partnership between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the Government of Jharkhand and the United Nations Development Programme aims to reduce contamination and improve the health and quality of life for 46,100 households in 78 villages in Jharkhand. The rejuvenation of the river is a key priority for the Government of India, and through the National Mission for Clean Ganga it aims to address a range of challenges, including waste water and solid waste management, industrial effluence and river front development.

  • Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management in Shifting Cultivation Areas of Nagaland for Ecological and Livelihood Security (June 2009 - December 2015)

    The project, in partnership with the government of Nagaland, funded by Global Environment Facilit, yaims to address land degradation in shifting cultivation locations in three districts of Nagaland through participatory planning, generating awareness, building institutions and supporting integrated farm development that enable sustainable land and ecological management.

  • Sustainable Urban Transport Programme (2009-2018)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to strengthen capacities of government agencies national/state urban transport departments, municipal corporations and transport experts engaged in urban transport planning and regulations to reduce urban transport emissions causing environmental damage. The project will also demonstrate sustainable urban transport models in 10 cities in the country.

  • Improving Energy Efficiency in the Indian Railways System (September 2011 - December 2017)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the Indian Railways, which accounts for roughly 2.5 percent of the total electricity consumption in India. The focus is on institutional capacity development, technical training, implementation of energy-efficient technologies and sharing knowledge on best practices.

  • Energy Efficiency Improvements in Commercial Buildings (October 2010-  March 2017)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to reduce energy consumed by large commercial buildings by integrating appropriate design interventions such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase out Management Plan Stage-I (2014-2016)

    In partnership with the Ozone Cell (Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Government of Germany, the project aims to facilitate India’s compliance with the Montreal Protocol control targets for consumption of Annex-C, Group-I substances (HCFCs) for 2013 and 2015, with minimal impacts on the national economy, environment and health. To achieve this, the aim is to implement a combination of interventions such as technology transfer investments, policy and regulatory actions, technical assistance, training and capacity-building, awareness generation and monitoring in selected HCFC consuming sectors.

  • Preparation of Third National Communication (TNC) and Other New Information to the UNFCCC (2013-2018)

    In partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project aims to enable India undertake activities to prepare its Third National Communication to the UNFCCC according to the guidelines provided by the Conference of Parties (COP) for non-Annex 1 countries (17/CP.8).

  • Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh (June 2011 - June 2018)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to remove key barriers to mainstreaming environmental management considerations into major production activities with a special focus on the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Upscaling Energy Efficient Production in Small Scale Steel Industry in India (June 2013 - June 2015)

    The project, in partnership with the Government of India and supported by AusAid, aims to upscale energy efficient interventions in the steel re-rolling mills sector and other sub-sectors of the small scale steel industry in India. This will enable mitigation of GHG emissions and lead to improvement in productivity.

  • Energy Efficiency Improvements in the India Brick Industry (2009-2016)

    The manufacturing of bricks typically using traditional firing technologies consume resources such as soil, energy and cause significant air pollution. The objective of this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility is to promote the production of resource efficient bricks.

  • Energy Conservation in Small Sector Tea Processing Units in South India (2008-2012)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to introduce energy conservation measures in the firewood intensive tea sector in south India by addressing information, technology and financial barriers that stand in the way of greater adoption of energy conservation technologies and practices.

  • Achieving Reduction in GHG Emissions through Advanced Energy Efficiency Technology in Electric Motors (2008-2012)

    The ability to effectively address acute electricity shortages in India will depend critically on the increased efficiency of electrical appliances. Supported by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, funded by Global Environment Facility, this project aims to demonstrate greater energy efficiency in one key energy intensive sector – electrical motors.

  • Energy Efficiency in Steel Re-rolling Mills (2004-2013)

    Steel production is an energy-intensive process that generates a large amount of solid waste and greenhouse gases. In partnership with the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facilit, ythe project aims to increase energy efficiency of steel re-rolling mills sector, reduce associated emissions and enable penetration of environmentally-sustainable, energy efficient technologies in this sector.

  • Sustainable Participatory Management of Natural Resources to Control Land Degradation in the Thar Desert Ecosystem (2010-2012)

    As a result of rising population, overgrazing, recurrent droughts and unsustainable use of natural resources, Rajasthan’s Thar Desert is under increasing pressure from land degradation. This project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, funded by Global Environment Facility, is developing an integrated and participatory natural resource planning and management strategy in selected regions of the Thar Desert.

  • Low carbon Campaign for XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, India (2010-2011)

    The project, in partnership with the Commonweath Games Organizing Committee, funded by Global Environment Facility, aimed to use XIX Commonwealth Games as an opportunity to raise awareness on low-carbon practices among athletes, visitors, media and other participants.

  • Conservation and Sustainable use of Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve's Coastal Biodiversity (2002-2013)

    The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, home to one of the world’s richest concentrations of marine species is under threat as a result of habitat destruction, over-harvesting of marine resources and civic pollution. In response to the threat, this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, demonstrates the possibilities of sustainable community-led conservation of coastal areas, and integration of conservation activities in coastal zone management plans.

  • India’s Second National Communication to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2007-2013)

    As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India submitted its Initial National Communication in 2004. The project, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to support the preparation and submission of India’s Second National Communication (SNC) to UNFCCC. The SNC will focus on strengthening the capacities created during the early phase, and to take into account the changing national priorities and developmental needs.

  • Biomass Energy for Rural India (2002-2012)

    In partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Karnataka, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project aims to build capacity of rural communities and other stakeholders to overcome barriers in promoting the use of renewable and bio-energy technologies.

  • Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India, Phase I (September 2006 - March 2016)

    With support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project aims to accelerate the use of environmentally sustainable biomass power and co generation technologies in the country and improve electricity supply through renewable energy sources.

  • Scale-up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive and Domestic Use (2015-2019)

    In partnership with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project aims to demonstrate and develop the market for Renewable Energy Technology Packages for Rural Livelihoods (RETPRLs) in three selected states—Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The RETPRLs include: solar lighting systems; solar and/or biomass waste–powered micro grids for common facilities; solar irrigation pumps; improved commercial biomass cook-stoves; poultry-litter-based biogas plants; poultry-litter-based briquetting units; solar dryers for vegetables, spices and fish; solar-powered milk chillers; and cold rooms for storage of horticultural produce. The target livelihood sectors include poultry, fisheries, dairy, horticulture, khadi (homespun cloth) and silk weaving, bamboo, and commercial cooking (e.g. tea stalls, sweet shops and street food vendors).

  • Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrators Based Process Heat Applications in India (March 2012 - March 2017)

    The project, supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to promote and develop a viable and strong market for solar concentrators in India to reduce or replace use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment.

  • Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants Diversity in Three Indian States (March 2008 - June 2015)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project seeks to promote long-term conservation and sustainable use of India’s medicinal plants through forest management policy and practice at national, state and local levels.

  • Integrated Land and Ecosystem Management to Combat Land Degradation and Deforestation in Madhya Pradesh (January 2010 - March 2016)

    Despite watershed development over the last decade, unsustainable land management practices have been both cause and consequence of the livelihoods’ crisis of tribal and rural communities in Madhya Pradesh. The project, in partnership with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to remove barriers to promoting sustainable rural livelihoods, and provide a broader range of livelihood options for the tribal/rural poor.

  • Strengthening Natural Resource Management (October 2013-October 2017)

    In partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, the project aims to develop capacities of key institutions, officials and other stakeholders to manage the emerging challenges related to conservation.

  • Institutional Strengthening Project (2004-2016)

    In partnership with the Ozone Cell (Ministry of Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Government of India), the project aims to provide necessary resources to enable Article-5 Countries (developing countries) to strengthen a mechanism to facilitate expeditious implementation of projects for speedy and effective phase-out of the controlled substances under the Montreal Protocol. The project also aims to ensure the effective liaison between the country on the one hand, and the Executive Committee (Ex-Com), the Multilateral Fund (MLF) Secretariat, and the Implementing Agencies on the other.

  • Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in Sindhudurg Coast in Maharashtra (January 2011 - December 2016)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and financed by the Global Environment Facility, aims to mainstream biodiversity conservation into Sindhudurg coastal district’s production sectors. It also seeks to generate awareness among local communities on biodiversity conservation amidst the threat of unsustainable fishing practices, rising pollution from fishing vessels and maritime traffic in the region.

  • 5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (2012–2016)

    Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Small Grants Programme (SGP) supports initiatives that demonstrate community-based, innovative, gender sensitive and participatory approaches. Under the programme, grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support community-level initiatives that help conserve global biodiversity, mitigate climate change, protect international waters, reduce the impacts of persistent organic pollutants and prevent land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.In India, the programme has been supported through the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) since 2000.

  • Strengthening Climate Sensitive Planning and Implementation (2012-2015)

    In partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and State Governments, the project aims to assist the government in addressing its national developmental and environmental priorities while meeting its obligations under key multilateral environmental agreements, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; strengthen the information base and institutional capacities to incorporate climate change considerations within the planning and implementation processes at various levels in the country; support sub-national climate change planning and implementation processes; and contribute to developing relevant knowledge products and undertaking capacity building programmes.

  • Climate Change Community of Solution Exchange (2009 onwards)

    The project aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide opportunities to practitioners to collaborate, network and collate experiences to effectively tackle challenges posed by the adverse impacts of climate change.

  • Capacity Development Initiative: GEF Cell and SGP India (2007-2012)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the purpose of the project is to enable India to effectively access, utilize and monitor resources secured from the Global Environment Facility through strengthening institutional capacity of the special unit set up within the Ministry.

  • Climate Change Adaptation (2011-2014)

    The project, in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development, aims to address a crucial dimension of vulnerabilities by supporting specific activities to enhance climate change induced risk management capacities (adaptation, disaster mitigation and risk reduction) in districts across flood-prone areas of Odisha and drought-prone areas of Madhya Pradesh.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (2009-2012)

    In partnership with the National Disaster Management Authority, the project aims to raise awareness and build resilience of the communities to disaster-related risks, and to strengthen the capacities of the state and district Disaster Management Authorities to better deal with disasters and post-disaster recovery efforts.

  • Kosi Flood Recovery and Reconstruction (2009-2011)

    The 2008 Kosi floods affected three million people in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. In partnership with the government of Bihar, this project supported recovery processes in the aftermath of the floods, including settlement and habitat planning to reduce disaster risk. An owner-driven reconstruction pilot has since been upscaled across flood-affected districts in the state.

  • Phase-out of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – Institutional Strengthening and Sector Plans Implementation (January 2002 - December 2014)

    The project strengthens the capacity of a special Ozone Cell set up within the Ministry to effectively phase out ozone depleting substances. The project has also helped set up a dedicated unit within the Cell to provide technical assistance, capacity building and investment support for efforts to phase out ozone depleting substances in different sectors.

  • Transforming and Strengthening the Global Solar Water Heating Market (2008-2013)

    As part of a six-country global project across Albania, Algeria, Chile, India, Lebanon and Mexico, the India project referred to as the global solar water heating (GSWH) project was started in December 2008. The GSWH project aims to accelerate the transformation of the SWH market through creating awareness on SWH technologies; providing quality assurance by helping set standards and specifications; demonstrating innovative investment methods; building the needed capacities in the supply chain; and helping establish a supportive regulatory environment.

  • Demonstrating and Promoting Best Techniques and Practices for Reducing Healthcare Waste to Avoid Environmental Releases of Dioxins and Mercury (2009-2013)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the project aims to demonstrate best practices in healthcare waste management such as promoting the use of alternative waste treatment technologies, improved waste segregation practices, waste minimization and the use of appropriate alternatives to mercury-containing devices.Implemented by UNDP with support from WHO and Health Care Without Harm, the project is funded by the Global Environment Facility.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Outside Protected Areas (2009-2012)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, supports community-initiated conservation efforts outside designated protected areas in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. This includes strengthening the capacity of communities to monitor and sustainably manage their resources.

  • Sustainable Industrialization: Building Stakeholder Capacities and Involvement (2007-2013)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, aims to influence industries to voluntarily improve their environmental performance, strengthen regulatory systems and increase community engagement in local industrialization processes.

  • Urban Risk Reduction (2009-2012)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the project aims to strengthen capacities of institutions and other stakeholders such as municipal officers, planners, NGOs, etc to manage risks in 56 cities across the country.

  • Access to Clean Energy (2009-2012)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, aims to enhance access to clean and renewable energy for livelihoods in remote un-electrified villages in the selected seven United Nations Development Assistance Framework states of India.

  • Biodiversity Conservation Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management (2008-2012)

    The project supports efforts to make national and state-level policies more responsive to the strong linkages between rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

  • Strengthening Institutional Structures to Implement the Biological Diversity Act (2009-2012)

    To enable effective implementation of the national biodiversity policy framework in India, the project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, aims to strengthen institutional capacities at national and state levels, and initiate behavioral changes to manage natural resources in an integrated, participatory and sustainable manner.

  • Access to Energy-Enhancing Effectiveness in Electricity Distribution and End-uses (2009-2012)

    In partnership with the Ministry of Power, Government of India, the project aims to demonstrate mechanisms for the effective management of electricity at the district and community levels and to support activities to enhance electricity service delivery in the states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

  • Capacity Building for Addressing Climate Change (2010-2012)

    To ensure that national climate change policies are modified or adapted to meet the needs of the states, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, this project aims to strengthen capacities of state governments and other stakeholders both nationally, and across the states to address climate change challenges.

  • Strengthening of Madhya Pradesh Climate Change Cell (2009-2012)

    The project, in partnership with the government of Madhya Pradesh, aims to develop Madhya Pradesh Climate Change Cell into a knowledge management centre to effectively manage and disseminate knowledge related to climate change.