Environment and Climate Change

UNDP supports the government, institutions and people of Pakistan to improve livelihoods by building capacities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, providing sustainable energy solutions and maintaining the integrity of ecosystems. Our hallmark approaches are policy reforms, institutional & human capacity building and innovative demonstrations in the field with a particular geographic focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Our Goals

Within the overall context of the recently approved National Climate Change Policy, our goal is to mainstream climate change as a priority in the government’s development agenda. We are working towards this goal through the development and implementation of various climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes related to sustainable energy, water management and conservation of ecosystems. more

Environment and Climate Change

UNDP supports the government, institutions and people of Pakistan by providing sustainable energy solutions, maintaining the integrity of ecosystems and building capacities for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Our key areas of intervention are climate change: mitigation and adaptation and sustainable natural resource management: conserving and protecting ecosystems.more

Our Stories

UNDP is supporting efforts to reduce the risk of flash floods from glacial lake outbursts in high risk areas of Gilgit and Chitral districts.

Communities work together to reduce the risk of flash floods in Northern Pakistan

Bindo Gol is a remote valley located 65 kilometers northwest of Chitral town in Northern Pakistan. For the past ten years, climate change induced disasters have takenmore 

Technical and financial support provided to rehabilitate and conserve Tharparkar, Sindh's land resources.

Community conserves natural resources to protect its future

Used to grow animal fodder and plants for fuel, the land in Tharparkar, Sindh province, is the main source of sustenance for the local community andmore 

Women were given temporary employment under the cash for work scheme for repairing the houses in their villages. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

Women earn income by repairing houses post floods

The Research and Development for Human Resources (RDHR) with support of UNDP, GEF, & JAPAN Official Development Assistance, reached the backward and most flood affected areasmore 

Cash for work schemes helped the local communities in repairing irrigation canals and water courses that were adversely affected by the floods. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

Local communities improve livelihoods by repairing water channels

The coastal area of district Badin in Sindh province was covered with mud during the floods in 2010. This affected land productivity as well as livelihoodsmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Benefit the Poor and Vulnerable in South Asia

    This project mainstreams climate finance and strengthens the institutions involved in planning, budgeting and implementing climate change actions. It helps to integrate climate change into budgets and planning, and works with the Ministry of Finance to develop systems to track climate change expenditure.more 

  • Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification

    The project aims to combat land degradation & desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore degraded ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty. Phase-I has been designed to implement United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and for combating land degradation & desertification in Pakistan with the involvement of key stakeholders.more 

  • Mountains and Markets

    This project uses voluntary certification of non-timber forest products as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and strengthen existing conservation efforts with innovative market-based mechanisms. The project develops community and institutional capacity for certified production of biodiversity-friendly non-timber forest products in Northern Pakistan and stimulates market demand for these products thereby creating new economic incentives for conservation.more 

  • Promoting Sustainable Transport

    This project aims to provide technical assistance to reduce the growth of energy consumption & related greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector in Pakistan, while simultaneously improving urban environmental conditions and trade competitiveness. It is helping in improving urban environmental conditions including air quality, urban mobility and city aesthetics as well as enhancing energy security.more 

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