Stories of Change

  • The Sun in the KitchenThe Sun in the KitchenFeb 13, 2015The UNDP and Government of India partnership is providing support to institutions such as the RK Mission Home to encourage wider spread use of the technology which has proved immensely popular for in community cooking. Over the last two years, the rate of installation of solar concentrated heating systems has more than doubled. Over the next three years, the project aims to install 45,000 square metres of concentrated solar technology based systems across India saving 39,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions saving 3.15 million litres of fuel oil each year.

  • Ray of HopeRay of HopeFeb 3, 2015SKF Technologies uses steam generated through this installation in the phosphating process of manufacturing seals, the fastest growing business division of the company in India. It allows the plant to replace thermal energy with solar, save on almost 12,000 litres of diesel each year or close to US$ 13,000 annually. In addition, it is also saving on CO2 emissions of 32 tonnes annually.

  • Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentProtecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentSep 16, 2014Since 1993, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a crucial role in the phase- out of ozone depleting substances by the Government of India and has been instrumental in implementing US$ 40 million in multilateral fund projects. As a result of support, India completely phased out production and consumption of Chlorofluorocarbons, carbon tetrachloride and halons, man-made chemicals responsible for the depletion of the Ozone Layer. This remarkable milestone was achieved two years ahead of schedule. With this achievement, India has contributed significantly to this global environmental cause, by reducing 25,000 ozone depleting particles tonnes and a further potential of 23,000 ozone depleting particles.

  • The Biodiversity Challenge-Supporting India's EcosystemsThe Biodiversity Challenge-Supporting India's EcosystemsJun 8, 2012Recognising India’s rich biodiversity, the United Nations Development Programme is supporting several initiatives to conserve the country’s rich and diverse ecosystems and demonstrate strategies to reduce poverty.

  • Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityEasing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityOct 14, 2013UNDP has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate the possibilities of conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development processes in the Gulf of Mannar.

  • Pay-As-You-Save: Solar Energy for Industrial HeatingPay-As-You-Save: Solar Energy for Industrial HeatingJul 2, 2014As a result of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and supported by Global Environment Facility, the installation of solar water heating systems in India has increased by 20 percent each year. In addition, the partnership has also resulted in a saving of 3.57 million units of electricity, and a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1.66 million tCO2.

  •  Clean, Green and Bright Clean, Green and BrightJun 8, 2012Kabbigere Gram Panchayat sells power generated by its self-run biomass power plants at a rate of Rs.2.85 per kWh (USD0.06) to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company.

  • From ‘slash and burn’ to sustainability: Farming communities in northeastern India improve soil fertility and earn higher incomesFrom ‘slash and burn’ to sustainability: Farming communities in northeastern India improve soil fertility and earn higher incomesJul 3, 2014UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Nagaland, is helping farmers practicing jhum cultivation in 70 villages in Nagaland grow healthier crops and earn better income by introducing sustainable land management practices. By slowing rates of soil erosion, these practices have also helped farmers improve soil fertility and cultivate the same land for three years instead of the normal span of two years.

  • Conservation of Medicinal PlantsConservation of Medicinal PlantsJun 4, 2014India has a rich resource base of medicinal plants, plush with about 8,000 different species. According to the Government of India (GoI), traditional medicines are the sole means of health care for about 65 percent of the population.

  • Conserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining LivelihoodsConserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining LivelihoodsJun 4, 2014Since 2008, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the Global Environment Facility is promoting sustainable use and conservation of medicinal plants in the three ecologically-fragile states of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh.An estimated 316 species in India are under threat of extinction.

Publications
Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian Ocean tsunami

The report, an outcome of the international collaborative process involving the UN, donor govts and NGOs, evaluates key relief and recovery efforts and analyses how tsunami response has proceeded so far in mitigating future disasters.

Technological Cooperation and Climate Change

The publication comprises working papers presented at a consultation on 'Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change' organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme.

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