In-depth

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Program for Sustainable Management of the Apúrimac Land. Photo: UNDP Peru

Latin America and the Caribbean is the second region in the world most prone to extreme flooding, landslides, earthquakes and droughts. Moreover, climate change will increase the impact of natural disasters in the region—and particularly in the Caribbean’s small islands— which hit the poor hardest.

UNDP is fully committed to supporting the efforts of developing countries and vulnerable populations to develop and implement Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies. This approach recognizes that climate change responses are closely related to development choices and actions that involve multiple sectors, stakeholders and ecosystems. A comprehensive approach will allow countries to mobilize and use diverse funding and policy initiatives needed to drive Green Strategies.

The central focus of UNDP is to improve the capacity of institutions and societies to adapt to climate change. UNDP works to strengthen the capacity of public and private sectors so that its personnel are qualified and able to innovate, adapt and cope with changing weather conditions. This is done by working through country offices of the UN, governments and other support groups to provide a range of services to support regional actors, national and sub​​-national coping with climate change risks.

Several UNDP biodiversity projects seek to improve the ecosystem’s potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Of the 120 projects in the biodiversity portfolio of the Global Environment Facility managed by UNDP, at least 70 are directly and / or indirectly associated with climate change adaptation.

Publications
Adapting to Climate Change

Environment and Energy Group advisers are working closely with their colleagues from  UNDP’s other thematic and cross-cutting groups to ensure that the diverse impacts of climate change are addressed as holistically as possible.

Latin America & the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower. Report.

This report seeks to inform those responsible for decision making and LAC companies on the economic risks and opportunities to undertake productive activities that impact and are influenced by biodiversity. The report is a tool to help governments and stakeholders to analyze the role of SE in order to implement it in economic planning, politics and investment in the sectorial levels.

UN-REDD Strategy Programme

The UN-REDD Programme supports the processes taken in each country as well as those conducted by REDD in these countries and promotes active and informed participation of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other communities dependent on forests in the implementation of REDD + national and international level.