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Reclaiming the sands of a dead sea

There were once over 1,100 islands scattered across the extensive waters of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. Decades of agricultural misuse created an environmental catastrophe.  


From farmer to finance minister

When I was a teenager, I hitchhiked from Lithuania to Armenia and back. When I found myself back in Istanbul last month, I discussed disaster risk reduction financing with the finance ministers of the…  


Why I became a disaster expert

Thirty years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through my home country of Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead, 500,000 homeless and annihilating an estimated 40 percent of the national economy.  


Father mountain provides

In Azerbaiajan's Caucacus mountains, families are turning beekeeping into a wider businesses and saving the environment in the process.  


We’re not being ambitious enough on our climate pledges

According to an independent climate tracker, current climate pledges are insufficient to keep global temperature below a projected 2ºC increase. While limiting carbon emissions is a top priority,…  


Countries from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus convene to discuss progress on Climate Action

Over 90 government representatives from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus will exchange experiences and ideas in an effort to meet commitments made for the Paris Agreement on Climate…  


EU, UNDP extend support for flood recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Almost four years since the catastrophic floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU has contributed 12.5 million EUR towards the next phase of a 15 million EUR-worth UNDP programme designed to…  


European Commission, UNDP to help enhance resilience to disasters in South-east Europe

The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched an initiative to increase disaster preparedness in cities across seven countries and territories in the…  


One year on, Albania remembers its deadliest floods

One year after the floods in Albania, a new initiative is restoring infrastructure and helping people regain livelihoods.  


In fYR Macedonia, early warning for disasters only a swipe away

In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a UNDP-supported mobile application helped reduce the risk of suffering and damage during recent flooding.  

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