Stories of Change


The Sun in the Kitchen

There’s just half-an-hour to go before 650 hungry boys come flocking in for lunch. The atmosphere in any other kitchen would have been frenetic, but Raja, head cook at the Ramakrishna Mission’s Students’ Home, Chennai, has everything under smiling control. Raja cooks a whopping 120 kilos of rice evemore


Ray of Hope

As you enter the premises of SKS Industries in Mysore, Karnataka, you can’t help noticing the enormous amount of natural light filtering through the building almost from every corner. The giant lobby and canteen is entirely glass-paned, a translucent white sheet forms the lobby ceiling. To the typicmore


Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global Environment

India signed and ratified the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer in 1991 and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1992, signalling the country’s commitments to the global cause of addressing the harmful effects of the ozone layemore


The Biodiversity Challenge - Supporting India’s Ecosystems

Recognising 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. Rapid economic growth and limitations in integrating environmental concerns into devemore


Easing Troubled Waters: Conserving the Gulf of Mannar’s Biodiversity

UNDP 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. On the south eastern coast of India, the sun begins to come up over the sea as a fisherman in a checked dhoti smore


Pay-as-you-save: Solar Energy for Industrial Heating

As 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 unimore


Clean, Green and Bright

Kabbigere 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. In the remote Kabbigere village in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, greenery is conspicuous. What is not so visible in this smore


From ‘Slash and Burn’ to Sustainability: Farming Communities in North-eastern India Improve Soil Fertility and Earn Higher Incomes

UNDP, 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 farmersmore


Conservation of Medicinal Plants

India 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. This is the basis of the UNDP India and GoI initiative on ‘Conservmore


Conserving Medicinal Plants, Sustaining Livelihoods

Since 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 estimore

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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