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Climate change,

environment & energy

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Our intervention

UNDP activities in the climate change, environment and energy area range from supporting policy development to designing legal and institutional reforms that aim to improve environmental governance capacities and practices at central and local levels. Community-level interventions implemented with UNDP support improve livelihoods, enhance access to affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, and increase equitable participation in natural resources management.

Climate change adaptation and disaster risk management

While the climate change adaptation coordination mechanisms, as well as the climate-related budget planning, are being institutionalized with UNDP support, a number of efforts have been undertaken to strengthen the capacities of the State Hydro-Meteorological Service to perform in line with the EU Meteoalarm standards and to provide quality and hydrological services. At the same time, with UNDP assistance the National Disaster Risk Management Strategy and Action Plan has been drafted. This covers the whole cycle of disaster risk management, with a focus on prevention and preparedness. At a local level, pilot IT solutions for crisis prevention and early warning are increasing the institutional capacity of the Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Service to serve local communities.  

Low emission and green urban development

UNDP supported the Government in developing a Low Emission Development Strategy, including a prioritized list of nationally appropriate mitigation actions. UNDP is also helping strengthen and institutionalize a robust national greenhouse gas inventory system and the associated monitoring, reporting and verification mechanisms. To support Moldova’s future energy security, UNDP is implementing the second phase of a EU-funded intervention promoting the use of biomass from agricultural waste, which is combining the social and environmental benefits of improved heating in public buildings and households with the creation of economic opportunities and income in rural areas.

Biodiversity conservation

Emphasis is placed on economic valuation of the ecosystem’s goods and services, while encouraging participation of women and under-represented groups in decision-making over the use of these biological resources. Putting a value on nature is hoped to provide the economic arguments necessary for policymakers to investment in protected areas and biodiversity conservation while at the same time generating alternative incomes at the community level. Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into land-use practices and territorial planning is another focus of UNDP interventions aimed at supporting local public authorities in harnessing the economic potential of biodiversity in local development.

Chemicals management

UNDP and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) support Moldova in fulfilling its international commitments under the Montreal Protocol for the phasing out of ozone-depleting substances: it successfully reached the 10 per cent reduction target for hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) by 2015. UNDP is setting up institutional and technical capacities for achieving the next HCFC phase-out target of 35 per cent by 2020.

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