Stories of Change

  • Protectors of the Forest: Communities Reverse Land Degradation in Madhya PradeshProtectors of the Forest: Communities Reverse Land Degradation in Madhya PradeshA UNDP partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh has helped in restoring over 14,000 hectares of land, reducing soil erosion and raising the incomes of local communities by as much as 40 percent.

  • Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityEasing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s BiodiversityUNDP 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.

  • Mar 10, 2016Conference on South-South CooperationSouth- South Cooperation has emerged as a mechanism that fosters mutual benefit, recognises sovereign identities and engages fellow developing countries in variety of linear linkages. The upcoming conference will discuss key emerging issues facing South-South cooperation.

  • Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook Stoves Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook StovesClose to 2000 households in Karnataka, India are addressing climate change by installing smokeless stoves in their homes. It is reducing carbon dioxide emissions and firewood consumption, and improving the health of these forest dwelling communities

  • Green Harvest: Organic Farming along the Maharashtra CoastlineGreen Harvest: Organic Farming along the Maharashtra CoastlineSystem of Rice Intensification technology, introduced by UNDP and Government of Maharashtra, has affected an increase of rice yield per gram by nearly 40-80 percent while reducing the need for irrigation by up to 40 percent. The farming technology is also increasing family incomes from INR 20,000 to 70,000 per season.

  • Fishing for the Future: Fishermen on India's West Coast Lead the WayFishing for the Future: Fishermen on India's West Coast Lead the WayFishermen along India’s western coast are now using square mesh nets and practicing sustainable marine fishing. It is earning them higher incomes, protecting marine biodiversity and paving the way for policy change in one of the country’s most important fishing coastlines.

  • The Sun in the KitchenThe Sun in the KitchenThe 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 HopeSKF 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.

  • Innovating to Achieve Energy EfficiencyInnovating to Achieve Energy EfficiencyCompanies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environmentally conscious and more profitable. Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, UNDP visited one such success story in Jaipur, Rajasthan and saw first-hand how the company has innovated to improve productivity and reduce specific fuel consumption.

  • Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global RecognitionKnowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global RecognitionThe United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.

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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