Stories


A marvel of nature and hospitality in Georgia

With an economy largely dependent upon tourism, the current Coronavirus crisis has left Georgia particularly vulnerable. But can it use its stunning nature and boutique experiences to bounce back?  


The street that green built

A "green home" movement is sweeping Uzbekistan, with the government, banks, UNDP and GEF joining forces to usher in energy-efficient houses for all.  


After a devastating earthquake, restoring hope in Albania

A few months after the devastating earthquake that hit the country, the EU, UNDP and the Albanian government coordinated efforts to reconstruct the affected communities to accelerate recovery.  


Can tourism be sustainable in the pandemic age?

Some economies in Europe & Central Asia are highly vulnerable to the collapse in global tourism that has followed the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Can tourism survive in a post-COVID world?

In recent years, tourism has been a driver of the economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with potential to bring development especially to remote rural areas. Coronavirus has paused that trend.  


Across the Balkans, youth are working towards peace

A group of activists say how they see their own roles in society, what inspired them for action, and what they think is needed to engage the younger generations.  


Treating the forest like family

Armenia currently has a deficit in forestland - it covers barely 11% of its territory. But it is stepping up measures to protect and expand its forest eco-system.  


In the heart of Kyrgyzstan, a sanctuary for animals

Kyrgyzstan’s Alatai State Nature Park is a bastion of endemic species, rich flora & fauna. UNDP/GEF are working with the park to conserve its biodiversity, protect against poaching & empower its…  


In the middle of COVID pandemic, a class act from Moldova

More challenges are ahead for the educational environment in Moldova, but regardless of the outcomes of the COVID crisis, this is an important advancement towards the implementation of digital…  


Young people speak up about what cultural heritage means to them

Cultural heritage and monuments are reminders of the diversity of our communities that we live in, as well as of co-existence and mutual respect.  

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