Environment and Energy

Afghanistan’s environment is under great pressure. The decades of conflict, on-going instability, overall poverty, prolonged droughts and susceptibility to other natural hazards, population increase and influx of displaced and returning population –have all exacted a heavy toll on the environment and natural resource base of the country. With the country’s water resources dependent on the snow melt originating from ice caps and glaciers, and a large portion of land being arid and non-arable, the impact of global climate change has a negative impact on already scarce resources in Afghanistan.MORE

Our Goals

UNDP aims to contribute to a sustainable development framework in the country by ensuring environmental concerns are fully taken into consideration in Afghanistan's development. UNDP also works on environmental mainstreaming at the national and sub-national level planning, public awareness building and piloting community-based energy and environmental projects.MORE

Greening Afghanistan

A volunteer checks on one of 8,000 pine trees planted in Char-i-Kar, Parwan Province.MORE

Our Stories

  • UNDP / Joel Van Houdt : Inside the hydroelectric power plant in Kata Qala village.

    Lighting Up the Homes and Lives of Thousands

    Borghaso, Bamyan Province: Eleven-year-old Mohamed Nasim, who is in sixth grade, wakes up at 5:30 every morning to take computer lessons in a makeshift classroom heremore

  • UNDP Afghanistan / Sayeed Farhad Zalmai: Nine-year old Shabana and her brother draw water for their family from Chai-i-Kar's only water source, the Joe-e-Projey canal.

    New environmental councils spur development in provincial communities

    Char-i-Kar, Parwar Province: Standing at the edge of Joe-e-Projey canal in the northern town of Char-i-Kar, Mohammad Tahir, a car mechanic, rues the fate of childrenmore

Projects and Initiatives


Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme

Launched in 1992, the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) SGP addresses global environmental problems with a people-centred approach that benefits local people and generates direct community benefits and ownership. GEF-SGP in Afghanistan provides support to various types of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Community Based Organizations (CBOs), indigenous peoples organizations, women’s organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the GEF focal areas of Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land Degradation, Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Elimination of Harmful Chemicals. more

Small Grants Programme (SGP)


Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.