Climate change threatens to undo many of the development gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade, particularly for the rural poor.
Forest coverage has been decimated, little land is available for farming, and environmental degradation and poor management of natural resources have left a legacy of pollution and public health issues.
Despite an abundance of renewable energy possibilities – including wind, water and solar – inadequate technology and a lack of policy and management capacity mean these are not properly exploited.
UNDP is working to ensure that national and subnational government, local bodies, civil society organizations and the private sector have increased capacity to manage natural resources. Our projects promote more efficient and sustainable agriculture and mining, improve infrastructure, and support the adoption of renewable or energy-efficient power.
As a result of this work, we create sustainable jobs where they are most needed, improve disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation techniques, and reduce intercommunal conflict over scare natural resources. By improving access to clean energy, we boost public health, government service delivery and enterprise productivity.
- 05 Jun 2016:Afghanistan’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest held for World Environment Day
- 04 Dec 2015:Kabul Youth Clean up Parks and Plant Trees to Celebrate International Volunteer Day
- 28 Sep 2015:Community initiative from Afghanistan wins UN prize
- 03 Aug 2015:Helen Clark: Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan
- 05 Dec 2014:Youth Volunteer to Clean Kool-e-Hashmat Khan to Save Rare Birds
- 26 May 2014:Making Environmental Education Accessible for the People of Bamyan