Stories of Change

  • 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.

  • Fishing for the FutureFishing for the FutureFishermen 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.

  • 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

  • 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’.

  • Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in Nagaland Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in NagalandA UNDP partnership with the government of Nagaland has empowered 7,000 women farmers to adopt farming practices that can protect soil fertility, diversify livelihoods and strengthened market linkages.

  • 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 incomesUNDP, 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.

  • Protecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentProtecting the Ozone Layer; Protecting the Global EnvironmentSince 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 EcosystemsRecognising 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.

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