Environment and Energy

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The work of the Environment and Energy Unit is guided by the UN-South Africa Strategic Cooperation Framework (SCF 2013-17) which identified sustainable development as one of its focus areas.

 The Goal

The overall objective of this programme is to unleash the transformative potential of a green economy in terms of addressing structural imbalances that are at the root cause of high and persistent unemployment. Through this programme, UNDP will contribute to the realisation of the National Outcomes around vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities, contributing towards food security for all; and that environmental assets and natural resources are well protected and enhanced. Specifically, the programme will support Government’s ongoing efforts on Greening the Economy through initiatives on Climate Change Advocacy, Knowledge Management, Capacity Building, and Sustainable use of the environmental resources, solutions and opportunities for inclusive growth purposes and mitigate negative environmental impact.

Our work on Energy and Environment is focused on the following priority areasgyEnhancing biodiversity management through conservation and sustainable use;

  • Climate Change Mitigation and adaptation;
  • Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation;
  • International Waters;
  • Enhancing capacity for Sustainable Energy for All.


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In collaboration with UNDP/GEF, the unit is managing a diverse portfolio of the following GEF projects:

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Market Transformation through Energy Efficiency Standards & Labelling of Appliances in South Africa
  • Sustainable Transport and Sport, a 2010 opportunity
  • Reducing Disaster Risks from Wildfire Hazards Associated with Climate Change in South Africa
  • South African Wind Energy Programme Phase 11


  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity on the South African Wild Coast
  • National Grasslands Biodiversity Programme
  • Improving Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network
  • National Biodiversity Planning to Support the implementation of the CBD 2011-2020 Strategic Plan in South Africa
  • Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Land use regulation and management at municipal scale. 

Land Degradation and Desertification

Securing Multiple Ecosystems Benefit through Sustainable Land Management in the productive but degraded landscapes of South Africa.

 International Waters

  • Development and adoption of a Strategic Action Program for balancing water uses and sustainable natural resource management in the Orange-Sengu River transboundary basin
  • West Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems


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