Environment and Sustainable Development

Under the Energy and Environment portfolio, UNDP prioritizes its work on policy advice and research to support evidence based reform in the water sector, concentrating on an enabling environment for coordination and a unified approach to policy development and thereby a harmonized reform process at the national level, and improved water management, cooperation and conflict mitigation at the regional level. Within its GEF-funded initiatives, UNDP also facilitates technology transfer for the development of small hydropower, by building capacities of different stakeholders to efficiently deploy renewable energy technologies. The advocacy work for the establishment of the National Trust Fund on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a financing mechanism to facilitate the development of small-scale renewable energy projects is continued. Furthermore UNDP concentrates on the development of policies for agrobiodiversity conservation and supports the efforts for enhancing public transport management in Dushanbe. Through support to the development of the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC, UNDP strengthens national capacities in climate change research. In 2013 UNDP has started the implementation of the new GEF-funded project on phase out of chlorofluorocarbons in Tajikistan, thus supporting the Government in the implementation of its obligations with relation to the Montreal Protocol.

The joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) offers technical assistance and builds capacity to mainstream environmental considerations into national and sub-national planning processes.

Through the provision of small grants for the implementation of grass-root community projects, the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme provides support to local community based organizations and civil society organizations (CBOs, CSOs, NGOs) through the provision of small grants.

On-going projects

  • Sustaining agricultural biodiversity in the face of climate change in Tajikistan is a full-sized UNDP-GEF project, which is aimed at embedding globally significant agro-biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change into the agricultural and rural development policies and practices of Tajikistan at national and local levels.

  • This project seeks to build coordinated capacity at a national, sub-national and local level to respond to climate risks. It seeks to synthesize the technical and economic basis for CRM interventions, demonstrate their efficacy, identify potential funding routes for scaling up, deliver capacity building for organizations and individuals, and catalyze learning for larger scale CRM development. Consideration will be given to gender issues and to local knowledge.

  • The main goal of this project is that rural and urban communities (men and women) in Tajikistan have sustainable access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.

  • The project objective is to enable Tajikistan to prepare and submit its Third National Communication (TNC) on climate change to the CoP of the UNFCCC in accordance with its commitments as a non-Annex 1 Party (as mandated by Article 4 and 12 of this Convention).

  • The project aims to reduce local and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to improve access to and the quality of public transport services for all residents. It is expected that by the end of the project the share of sustainable modes of public transportation will increase from the current 8% to 28% leading to a near 50% reduction in GHG emissions from the city’s transport sector.

  • The project aims at initiating UNDP Tajikistan’s strategy – the scaling up of pilot activities for the acceleration of progress towards the achievement of MDGs with a particular focus on improving access to renewable energy in rural regions for the purpose of poverty reduction and triggering economic development.

  • The project aims at supporting improved governance and trickle-down effect of sustainable development agenda within national and sectoral development strategies as a result of poverty-environment (P-E) mainstreaming, thus ensuring better management of natural resources, and enhancement of regional cooperation and knowledge sharing on P-E mainstreaming. http://www.tj.undp.org/content/tajikistan/en/home/operations/projects/environment_and_energy/