Factsheet2015pic Delivering Results in Degraded Lands for People and Planet (2015)
This document provides the overview of the UNDP’s support to countries on sustainable land management and rehabilitation, which is designed to enhance livelihoods, secure food and water, build resilience and increase carbon storage and sequestration. It outlines how the UNDP, drawing on over 40 years of experience and expertise, assists countries to integrate land and related environmental concerns into national and sectoral development plans and strategies, secure resources, and implement programmes that advance inclusive, sustainable growth and development. This work supports governments to implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements and achieve their Sustainable Development Goals
IDDP Good Practice Publication image Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience in the Drylands - Lessons from the UNDP Integrated Drylands Development Programme (2013)
This document is a synthesis of lessons learnt, experiences and good practices drawn from case studies in six countries implementing the Integrated Drylands Development Programme. These countries include Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Tunisia.
Conserving_Dryland_Biodiversity_pic Conserving Dryland Biodiversity (2012)
This book illustrates how incredibly varied dryland biodiversity is, how uniquely adapted it is, how dryland cultures have adapted to it, and the role that those cultures play in its conservation. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the global importance and significance of drylands biodiversity. It is the product of collaboration between several institutions and many different actors, and a testimony to how the Union –IUCN – works.
forgottenbillion The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands (2011)
The purpose of this publication is to highlight the development challenges faced by people who live in drylands and to outline how these challenges can be tackled successfully. Covering about 40 percent of the world’s land surface, dryland is home to more than 2 billion people in nearly 100 countries, of which about half remains under poverty. It will be impossible to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if life does not improve for the poor people of the drylands. Together, they are the forgotten billion. The publication stresses that the policies designed to meet the needs of dryland peoples must be based on a sound understanding of the full complexity and dynamics of dryland ecosystems. They need to emphasize the value of dryland ecosystem services and the investment and marketing opportunities they offer.
DroughtPrimer_copy Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A primer (2011)
This primer, published both in English and French, provides a basic roadmap for mainstreaming drought risk management into development planning and programming at different levels. It suggests and outlines the steps to define drought risks within a given context. It also presents a methodology for translating risk assessments and matrices into specific policy measures, planning instruments and measurable interventions.
UNDPWORK UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development (2010)
The report presents an overview of UNDP's work on environment and energy and how such efforts are helping to accelerate achievement of the MDGs. It aims to demonstrate the importance of environment and energy across multiple MDGs; share experiences as contribution to the MDG Review Summit; and to highlight some of the ways in which UNDP is equipped to offer support.
theforgottenbillion The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands (2010)
The report, jointly produced by UNDP and UNCCD, assesses the issues of MDG achievement not from a state-centric perspective, but through a natural resource endowment lens. It notes that dryland-focused policy options need to be part of a greater endeavour to mainstream drylands issues into development frameworks to help the one billion poor people living in the drylands escape poverty.
climatechangeinthedrylands Climate Change in the African Drylands (2009)
This report highlights the climate change mitigation potential of the African drylands, and lays out various paths towards adaptation which should be supported to reduce the vulnerability of dryland populations, and increase their food security.
drylandopportunities Dryland Opportunities: A new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development (2009)
The Challenge Paper builds on the understanding about climate dynamics in drylands and the role of uncertainty, risk and resilience. It situates this debate in the context of rapid global change - of climate, economy and geopolitics. It emphasizes adaptive potentials, the value of dryland ecosystem services and the investment and marketing opportunities they offer.
collaborationforpropoorland Collaboration for Pro-Poor Land Governance: United Nations and CSOs (2008)
The document aims to help UN country teams, as well as other UN staff,  intergovernmental organizations and CSOs to: Understand the issue of land governance, why it matters and why civil society needs to be involved; Understand why UN agencies need to work with CSOs to promote pro-poor land governance; and Identify the opportunities and entry points that exist for such UN-CSO collaboration.
mainstreamingdrylandissues Mainstreaming Dryland Issues into National Development Frameworks (2008)
The document provides broad generic steps for mainstreaming environment and drylands issues into national development frameworks, as well lessons drawn from various countries on environment and drylands mainstreaming. The guidelines have been developed with the aim of influencing action at several levels of planning and policy engagement.
thewhyandhow The Why and How of Mainstreaming Gender in Sustainable Land Management (2007)
As part of UNDP's new series "Gender Mainstreaming: a Key Driver of Development in Environment & Energy," this guide looks at why gender is relevant to policymaking and programming in sustainable land management. It details how UNDP can strengthen the gender dimension of its work in sustainable land management at the policy level, as well as in project programming.
motherearth Mother Earth: Women and Sustainable Land Management (2007)
The publication provides practitioners and policy-makers with practical guidance on the mainstreaming of gender considerations in sustainable land management (SLM). It argues that such approaches will not only provide women with a platform to fully engage in development, but will also enhance the delivery of impacts and effectiveness of our interventions.
implementingthemdgs Implementing the MDGs in the Drylands of the World (2007)
The paper highlights the economic and ecological potential of drylands, as well as the vast information accumulated over the last few decades on their strategic importance to national development and meeting the MDG targets. It advocates for a new strategy for catalyzing and fast-tracking development activities in selected dryland countries to ensure they achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.
decentralizedgov Decentralized Governance of Natural Resources (2006)
The publication focuses on lessons learned about risks, constraints and opportunities in the decentralization process, and on the best approaches and practices from the various countries and regions. It also looks at capacity needs for effective decentralization and experiences gained in fiscal decentralization, a necessary source of funding for local development.
challengepaperlandtenure Challenge Paper: Land Tenure Reform and the Drylands (2003)
The paper focuses on the need to rethink conventional wisdom on land tenure approaches and asks how we can best respond to the land tenure problems. It provides a comparative overview of land tenure systems in the drylands, identifies challenges and trends in land tenure reform projects, and offers ideas for decision-makers.
Challengepaperpastoralism Challenge Paper: Pastoralism and Mobility in the Drylands (2003)
The paper notes that pastoralists have been ill-served by development policies due to myths and misunderstandings of pastoralism, which distort policy-making about pastoral livelihood systems. The paper outlines new policies to address the marginalization of pastoralists from mainstream society.
Preventinglanddegradation Preventing Land Degradation , Sustaining Livelihoods (2002)
The brochure, part of UNDP/GEF's "Lessons for the future" series, highlights examples of UNDP/GEF activities to combat land degradation in Morocco, the Caucasus, Senegal, Lesotho, Pakistan and Sudan. Approaches covered include empowering traditional pastoralists, conserving arid and semi-arid ecosystem, preserving biodiversity and landscapes, etc.
challengepaperpoverty Challenge Paper: Poverty and the Drylands (2001)
As part of UNDP's Global Development Imperative Challenge Paper Series, this publication challenges the current wisdom on the distribution and condition of drylands populations and offers more realistic scenarios that decision-makers can take seriously. The paper sets out this challenge and introduces some of the new evidence that is required.