A Forest of OpportunitiesThe video shows how with support from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Global Environment Facility, UNDP is promoting protection, cultivation and use of bamboo forests in Madhya Pradesh. Implemented in the districts of Betul, Chhindwara, Umaria, Siddhi, Singrauli, the project has increased the incomes of 800 families that treat nearly 14,500 hectares of degraded bamboo forests. Greater community efforts and involvement has also improved protection and management of forests. Construction of micro check dams in the forests of Chhindwara has recharged groundwater and improved soil moisture of the area.
A Green Label for Indian TeaA project in partnership with the Tea Board of India and the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and funding from the Global Environment Facility, has demonstrated significant energy savings in tea processing units in south India. A cup of tea produces approximately 17 grams of carbon dioxide. A range of energy conservation measures introduced (both thermal and electric) in the energy intensive small-scale tea processing units in the Nilgiri hills have reduced this to around 12 grams of carbon dioxide per cup.
Brown PowerThe video demonstrates how a UNDP project, supported by the Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India in Punjab is transforming a liability into a resource by converting cattle dung into electricity and organic manure. This one megawatt bio-methanation project, the first of its kind in India, produces about 18,000 KWh of electrical energy daily and transforms processed dung into 50 tons of organic manure, which in turn has helped farmers increase their crop output. The project, which has received the Best Green Power plant award at the 2007 Asian Power awards, has also helped reduce about 33,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually and generated additional income for the people of Haebowal in Punjab.
CDB CoP11: Healthy Ecosystems Improve Climate ResilienceIn this interview with Responding to climate Change (RTCC), Preeti Soni, Advisor, Climate Change, UNDP India, discusses the merits of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change, and how UNDP’s projects such as in the Gulf of Mannar, are helping in sustainable conservation of biodiversity. “Ecosystem-based adaptation are natural solutions based on natural resources and ecosystems for looking at climate change as well as for helping people build resilience and adapt to climate change,” added Ms Soni.
DSDS 2013: Employment and Growth Benefits of a Green EconomyThe plenary at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 discussed the role of the green economy in spurring growth, improving social equity and preserving the environment. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India was a keynote speaker at the event.
DSDS 2013: Governance and Management Challenges in Water Use EfficiencyThe consultation, organized as part of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013, supported by UNDP, focused on the major governance and management challenges that nations face in water use efficiency. Speakers shared best practices and methodologies used by different countries to regulate their water efficiency.
DSDS 2014: Dealing with the Energy, Water, and Food Security Challenge in AsiaDay two of the 2014 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit discussed ways to deal with the energy, water, and food security challenge in Asia. At the session, Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator said that as we think of sustainable development goals, it is important to include a goal that links water energy and food security.
DSDS 2014: Energy, Water and Food Security for AllLise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014 will provide a crucial opportunity for world leaders, activists and experts to discuss ways to solve three of the greatest challenges facing India today- water, food and energy security.
DSDS 2014: Sustainable Consumption and Production: An Overarching Objective of Sustainable Development - A Special EventHighlights of the special event on sustainable consumption and production that took place on 5 Feb 2014. At the event, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India said that if the pattern of consumption and production which has fueled global development since World War II is allowed to continue the way it is, it will threaten the incredible progress in human development and the viability of the planet we all live on.
The approach to tackle the challenge of sustainable development in its entirety has timely positioned the issue of sustainable consumption and production at the core of international discussions on the post-2015 developmental agenda. Against the backdrop of current international discourse on sustainable consumption and production and the enormous potential that exists in different sectors of the economy to move in this direction, this special event aimed to understand, through stakeholder perspectives, some of the challenges that arise in operationalizing the concept of sustainable consumption and production and how these can be resolved.
DSDS 2015: Improving Groundwater Management in IndiaThe UNDP supported session on community-led management of groundwater at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015 addressed the challenge of depleting groundwater resources in India. Speakers at the session highlighted opportunities to sustainably manage this valuable resource through greater community engagement.
Direct Rolling - Driving Indian Steel Re-Rolling Sector ForwardThe video provides an overview of the direct rolling technology which has resulted in significant cost savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The technology, introduced as part of UNDP’s project on improving energy efficiency in the steel re-rolling sector, eliminates the need to re-heat billets in composite mills.
Energy Efficiency and Access to Energy One Key Priority of the UNLise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative highlights how interventions made as part of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel since 2004 have reduced fuel consumption by 20-25 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Ms. Grande was speaking at the launch of a new project on steel that will expand UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel from 34 to 300 steel re-rolling units across India.
Ensuring Water and Sanitation for AllNicholas Rosellini, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Director, Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP says that while countries in the Asia Pacific have made impressive progress on the MDGs, achieving the water and sanitation goals, remains a key challenge. Ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation facilities, particularly amongst the poorest of communities, requires effective governance of this vital resource.
Finance Biodiversity ConservationFinancing is crucial to sustaining biodiversity conservation efforts says, Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. While India one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, currently spends US$ 2 billion annually on biodiversity conservation, the country requires between US$ 15 and 45 billion per year to sustain efforts.
Green PowerCreating a community based sustainable model for providing Biomass energy to meet the electricity needs of the entire village of kabbigere in Karnataka.
Healing Troubled WatersThe documentary "Healing Troubled Waters" documents the work of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust. The Trust was started in 2002, as the implementing agency for the Govt of tamil Nadu and UNDP-GEF project "Conservation and Sustainable use of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve's Coastal Biodiversity". The focus of the project is to empower local communities to manage the coastal ecosystem and wild resources in partnership with Government and other stakeholders, making all accountable. The film highlights the importance of the project in the light of the rich biodiversity of the region and the threats which it faces due to fishing practices. It brings out the successful interventions of the project in relation to protection, research and livelihood options.
Helen Clark on the Paris Climate Change Conference: COP21In December 2015, the international community will convene in Paris to agree to a new global climate change deal. An ambitious outcome in Paris will accelerate opportunities for climate change action in developing countries and be an important pillar in the post-2015 era of sustainable development. The Paris Agreement has the potential to galvanize countries and communities to act – simultaneously working to reduce carbon emissions while adapting to the long-term impacts of climate change.
Helen Clark speaks on the upcoming Rio+20 ConferenceThe 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20” is a forum on how to make sustainable development a reality for seven billion people today, and to define the future we want for nine billion by 2050.
Innovating 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.
Innovation is Key to Managing Rainwater EfficientlyDr. Rajendra Singh, 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate says innovation and modernization of centuries-old Indian knowledge has helped impoverished villages become prosperous . Rainwater harvesting and recharging underground acquifers through efficient management of water resources is crucial for the country.
Lighting Up LivesCoal mining emits greenhouse gas methane which causes a wide range of health problems to miners. As part of the coal bed methane recovery and commercial utilization project, supported by UNDP, the Global Environment Facility and the Government of India, commissioned in 1999 in Jharkhand, coal fields are punctured to tap methane and produce electricity for the national grid as well as for local use. By doing so, the project also helped in making mines safer and more productive, and reduced the environmental and economic consequences of climate change.
More Steel with Less Energy Innovative technologies are improving energy efficiency in the steel re-rolling industry and ensuring greater profits for small and medium size enterprises.
Nepal: Expanding Access to Renewable EnergyIn the run up to Rio+20 summit, this second UNDP video public service announcement on sustainable energy for all, highlights how a micro hydropower plant, installed in Kharbang in Nepal, with the support of UNDP, is providing almost one million people access to electricity from renewable energy sources.
One Day on Earth (12.12.12): Changing Cycles- Mokokchung, NagalandThe video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the global One Day on Earth project, shows how UNDP’s partnership with the government of Nagaland and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and with funding from the Global Environment Facility, is helping farmers practicing jhum cultivation in Mokokchung district of Nagaland grow healthier crops and earn better income. By slowing rates of soil erosion and introducing sustainable farming practices, the partnership has helped farmers increase their incomes by 15-20 percent.
One Day on Earth (12.12.12): Cultivating Lives- Khunti, JharkhandThe video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the Global One Day on Earth project, demonstrates how UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests is helping farmers in Khunti district in Jharkhand improve lac cultivation, which has been a valuable source of income for poor, tribal families. As a result of new techniques and awareness generation programmes, more than 800 families have benefited from higher incomes. Lac production has increased from six to 15 quintals and hundreds of villagers have been employed in a range of activities related to lac cultivation.
One Day on Earth (12.12.12): The Herbal Healers- Dhamtari, ChhattisgarhThe Chhattisgarh Medicinal Board, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and UNDP, has initiated a project, funded by the Global Environment Facility, to promote long-term conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. The video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the Global One Day on Earth project, demonstrates the impact of effective forest management policies and practices such as earmarking of areas for growth and conservation of medicinal plants, training on collecting, processing and marketing medicinal plants and capacity development of forest officials. These activities have generated employment and increased the value of medicinal plants in Dhamtari, located in biodiversity-rich Chhattisgarh.
Power of Energy Efficiency in Steel Re-Rolling SectorA sneak peek into how energy-efficient technologies are making Indian steel re-rolling sector in India more efficient and profitable. The Ministry of Steel, Government of India, supported by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility, has helped 25 steel re-rolling mills across India reduce energy consumption and cut down greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
Re Rolling ProfitsThe project implemented in Rajasthan, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, has helped steel re-rolling mills that were using outdated, low-investment technologies adopt cleaner, energy-efficient tools to produce steel. As a result of this, electricity consumption has reduced from 100 units to 80 units per ton of steel, and furnace oil used from 45 litres to 35 litres per ton of steel. In addition, cleaner technologies and automated machines have resulted in healthier working environments and less labour intensive for workers.
Recognizing Excellence in Water AchievementTorgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute speaks to UNDP on the achievements of 2015 Stockholm Water Prize winner Rajendra Singh and the Institute’s partnership with UNDP on water issues.
Recognizing Grassroots Biodiversity Champions: India Biodiversity Awards 2014The video highlights work of 13 finalists of the 2014 India Biodiversity Awards instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and UNDP. The Awards recognize excellence in biodiversity governance across the country. The finalists included community-run institutions, local self-governance bodies, joint forest management committees and protected area management agencies engaged in preserving designated protected areas.
Recognizing Outstanding Champions of Biodiversity in IndiaBiodiversity champions from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Odisha are amongst the winners of the 2014 India Biodiversity Awards, instituted by the Government of India and UNDP. The 2014 Awards ceremony was held today in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands on the occasion of International Biodiversity Day.
Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship for DevelopmentIn India, an estimated 400 million people live without electricity. This translates into lesser opportunities for a decent standard of living and entrepreneurship for the poor. Renewable energy technologies, besides being environment-friendly, have the potential to generate employment in rural areas. In view of this, as part of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, pilots demonstrating the use of renewable energy sources to generate electricity in rural areas have been set up across the country. This film documents six such models from different parts of the country.
Restoring ParadiseConservation of the Gulf of mannar biosphere reserves coastal biodiversity by strengthening anti-poaching measures and promoting sustainable alternative livelihood measures.
Rivers of HopeThe video shows how small hydel power plants, set up as a result of a joint partnership between UNDP, the Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, are not only supplying stable, uninterrupted electricity to remote villages of the Himalayan regions of India, but also generating jobs and livelihoods for local people. While the average cost of grid electricity ranges from Rs 4 kwh to Rs 6 kwh, the cost of power supplied by small hydel projects is only Rs 2 per kwh.
Shashwat Congratulated for Winning UNDP’s Prestigious Global Equator PrizePrithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra felicitated 2012 UNDP Equator Prize winner Shashwat, a Maharashtra-based NGO that is helping develop sustainable livelihoods for marginalized tribal communities displaced by the Dimbhe dam in the state. The Equator Prize is a prestigious international award that recognizes innovation and leadership in community-based sustainable development approaches.
Shashwat: Building Sustainable Livelihoods for Tribal CommunitiesShashwat, one of the 25 winners of the 2012 UNDP Equator Prize, has been helping marginalized tribal communities, displaced by the Dimbhe dam in Maharashtra, develop sustainable livelihoods. As a result of its efforts in improving agricultural production and forest conservation, food availability for the families has increased from 5-7 months to 10-11 months. In addition, migration has stopped in 6-7 villages due to the development of small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir.
Sustainable Growth in India’s Steel Sector G. Mohan Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India says the UNDP partnership with the Ministry of Steel and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid), will focus on ensuring sustainable growth in the steel sector by demonstrating energy efficient production processes. Mr. Kumar was speaking at the launch of a new project that will upscale energy-efficient production in 300 small-scale units across India.
The Future We WantUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a video spot "The Future We Want" which will be part of the "Future We Want" campaign of the United Nations ahead of the Conference on Sustainable Development, or 'Rio+20,' to be held in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012.
The video aims at explaining the foundation of sustainable development planning, i.e., each policy and investment decision must take into equal consideration its economic, social and environmental impacts.
The Green Kitchen Movement Close to 900 families living on the fringes of forests in South India are transforming their lives through installing smokeless cook stoves in their homes.
The Human HabitatThe video shows how UNDP is shaping innovative solutions to balance ecological concerns with income generation and improved quality of life. This is done through supplementing livelihood options with training and other assistance, which directly increases incomes while also reducing the pressure on natural resources; and through providing support to shape natural resource based livelihoods which not only protects the resources but also the habitats.
The Power of Energy Efficiency: Transforming the Indian Steel Re-rolling SectorThese videos provide an overview of UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Steel, Government of India and the Global Environment Facility which is helping steel re-rolling mills address barriers to large-scale commercialization of energy-efficient technologies. The video demonstrates how interventions such as introduction of technology packages and capacity building programmes have significantly increased monetary and fuel savings both in oil and coal-fired units and reduced GHG emissions by up to 45 percent. These units (Ludhiana steel re-rolling mill; MPK Steel, Rajasthan; Pulkit steel re-rolling mill, Pondicherry; Vaishnavi Ispat, Durgapur; and Vivek re-rolling mill, Punjab) have also recorded an increase in productivity between 15 and 25 percent since 2004.
The Solar Bowl A charitable institution in Tamil Nadu, India is using solar energy to cook 3,000 meals for 650 children a day, reducing dependence on cooking gas and saving nearly US$ 8,000 each year
Towards Health Without Harm: Improving Healthcare Waste ManagementThe video demonstrates how UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and funded by the Global Environment Facility, is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management in the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices.
UNDP India at the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological DiversityRebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator addressed the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad from 8-19 October. From stalls at the exhibition centre showcasing the work of local communities to the community palli, a dedicated space for dialogue and exchange between communities from around the world, to the release of key knowledge products and support to a range of sessions at CoP 11, UNDP India’s presence at the conference helped the organization highlight three key themes- biodiversity and livelihoods; biodiversity and governance; and ecosystem-based approaches for resilience.
World Environment Day 2013To mark World Environment Day and raise awareness about the environmental impact of the food choices one makes, Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative addressed an event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Other dignitaries included Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment and Forests and Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission.