Resilience and Sustainable Development

Protection and conservation of the environment is becoming increasingly important because of the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Large-scale forest logging, commercial agriculture and associated land clearing, threaten the sustainability of natural resources. Leveraging environment and climate funding help enable the countries and territories to step up their activities in climate change adaptation and mitigation and in integrating climate change and disaster risk management into national and sectoral planning.

Our Goals

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji works with Pacific Island countries to strengthen their legal and institutional frameworks for sustainable development and addressing gaps in environmental legislation. UNDP also helps in climate change adaptation and mitigation, conservation of biodiversity, minimizing land degradation, ensuring efficient and equitable water resources management and water supply and sanitation delivery, replicating best practices for solid waste management programmes and increasing efforts towards enabling access to electricity, environmentally sustainable transportation and cleaner/affordable fuels at both national and community levels.more

UNDP and the Environment

UNDP is assisted the Government of Tuvalu to successfully access US$3.7 million from the Global Environment Facility to implement a national Ridge to Reef Project. (Photo: Unknown).

Our Stories

Vanuatu Disaster
(L-R) Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, Country Director and Head of Pacific Regional Policy and Programme, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji; Vanuatu’s Minister of Climate Change, Honorable Ham Lini Vanuaroroa, and the Ambassador of Japan to Vanuatu, His Excellency Mr. Koichi Miyoshi (Photo: UNDP)
Strengthening Vanuatu’s Response to Natural Disasters

The Government of Japan and UNDP provided the Government of Vanuatu with critical equipment today, which can be deployed for rebuilding community infrastructure for people relocating to surrounding islands and following natural disasters.more 

Tuvalu Energy
Solar photovoltaic panels mounted on rooftop of the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation office in Funafuti. (Source: TEC/Mafalu Lotolua)
Project to Support the Achievement of National Energy Targets for Tuvalu

The small Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu faces several energy challenges, arising mainly from the lack of indigenous fossil fuel sources and remoteness. Tuvalu has no known sustainable energy resources and is heavily reliant on imported petroleum products for transport, electricity generation and household use such as cooking and lighting.more 

India Training
(Middle, left) UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Pacific Regional Programme and Policy, Bakhodir Burkhanov, (middle, right) and India’s High Commissioner to Fiji, H. E. Mr. Vishvas Sapkal standing among Pacific Island representatives currently in Roorkee, India (Photo: UNDP/Setaita Tavanabola)
India training set to enhance climate early warning systems in the Pacific

Seventeen Pacific representatives traveled to Roorkee, India for a one-month intensive and specialized training as part of UNDP's Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project.more 

Palau Biodiverstiy
(L-R) Special Assistant to Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism and GEF Operational Focal Point, King Sam; Minister of State for the Republic of Palau, Hon. Faustina Rehuher-Marugg; UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programme, Bakhodir Burkhanov; and UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu (Photo: UN/Sharon Sakuma)
Safeguarding the biodiversity-rich landscapes of Palau

A project which will link biodiversity conservation to sustainable economic activity in Palau has been launched today with the signing of a partnership between the Government of the Republic of Palau and UNDP.more 

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