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Climate and
Disaster Resilience

Climate change

Impacts of climate change – such as increased droughts in Central Asia or severe floods in Balkan countries – threaten to undermine decades of development gains and put at risk efforts to eradicate poverty. Tackling climate change must be central to sustainable development efforts across issues, such as reducing poverty, enabling gender equality, engaging youth and other vulnerable groups, or bolstering green recovery.

In Europe and Central Asia, UNDP remains the largest service provider in the UN system on climate change adaptation and mitigation, helping countries to:

  • Transition toward low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development
  • Prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of climate change; and
  • Pursue low carbon development pathways that guarantee a cleaner, greener and secure future.
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In Russia, UNDP demonstrates effective approaches to conserving and restoring carbon-rich forests and permafrost areas. 
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The Clima East Pilot Project helps countries reduce greenhouse gases and cope with climate change impacts through agricultural adaptation.
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In Turkey, better management of forest landscapes and ecosystem provides environmental, social and economic benefits.
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Sand fixation activities prevent villages in Turkmenistan from moving due to the approaching sand dunes.
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For 20 years, UNDP has helped the Aral Region, which has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s, regain its strength and livelihoods.

To achieve this, UNDP ensures its support is complementary to, and leverages the mandates, comparative advantages and skillsets of a wide range of strategic partners, including UNEP, FAO, IRENA, UNICEF, World Bank, UN-HABITAT, ILO, WHO or the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , while providing on-the-ground technical assistance.

UNDP’s  Climate Promise,  the world’s largest offer of support for countries to enhance their pledges (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, is implemented in the region since 2019.

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