Managing resources for sustainability

Building Inclusive Societies
DJIBOUTI: To mitigate drought-induced famine, UNDP, with Japanese funding, launched in 2012 a project to develop agro-pastoral land, train farmers in cultivation techniques, composting and water and soil conservation. New crops were introduced and both forage and watermelon proved very successful ventures and a lucrative business. Forage ensures goats increase their milk production even during heavy drought. Watermelon serves as a great nutrition crop and yields profits for the farmers.

The Arab region is home to nine of the world’s ten most waterscarce countries. With the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastal countries like Tunisia, water scarcity becomes an immediate concern.


  • 5,200 households in Puntland and south central Somalia now use energy efficient solar cookers.
  • In the region, between 1995 and 2010, the consumption of ozone-depleting substances dropped by 98 percent.
  • In the region 89 percent of people in urban areas and 73 percent in rural areas have access to improved drinking water.

On the other hand, the region is rich in natural resources. Its desert climate ensures an abundance of sunshine year round. Yet many Arab countries have the highest levels of consumption of electricity.

UNDP and the Government of Japan have partnered to champion green projects, educate school children about climate change, and engage in energy-efficient projects across the region, including North African countries like Morocco and Tunisia.

UNDP’s priority is ensuring that the poor have fair access to the resources they need for survival and development. The region is poised to leverage its potential from its natural resources and to channel its efforts towards a more sustainable future, especially for the young generation.

Our Stories

safe water in Gaza
In Fezna, 250 people benefited from the installation of windmill and solar energy for irrigation

Countering land degradation and water scarcity in Tafilalet

In the southeast corner of Morocco, Tafilalet, the largest Saharan oasis in the country, spreads its sandy dunes to eco-tourists who come to enjoy its historicalmore 

electricity in Iraq
90% of Iraqi households supplement the public network with private generators, and on average households receive less than 15 hours of electricity per day through a combination of the two

More electricity for Iraq as UNDP completes rehabilitation works at Al-Mussaib power station

UNDP Iraq recently visited the Al-Mussaib power station to commemorate the completion of rehabilitation works on one of the station’s units.  The works will nowmore 

Livestock industry finds an alternate to charcoal in Somalia
UNDP supports the conversion of biodegradable livestock waste into biogas, as a source of energy for cooking and electricity

Livestock industry finds an alternate to charcoal in Somalia

The Hawd Plateau in Somalia is arid, and the sun scorches the earth. Riverbeds are almost always dry, and livestock, the lifeblood of this country,more 

safe water in gaza
A 3,000 cubic metres water tank is now serving more than 50,000 residents of Rafah in the occupied Palestinian territory. (UNDP PAPP)

Provding safe water in Gaza

Rafah, occupied Palestinian territory—Water is scarce in the occupied Palestinian territory and present supplies barely meet the needs of the Palestinian people. Over 13 percent ofmore 

Projects and Initiatives

  • Enhance Food safety & Introduce Biogas Technology in Shiekh

    The aim of this project is to focus on energy use, energy source(s), energy appliances and energy expenditures. The fund of this project is 350,000 (USD). The project period is from March 2012 to February 2013. The achievement of this project is to design 1 institutional biogas system 35 cubic meter based on the results of the energy/ assessment survey and Technical Report; including source(s) of equipment and associated components & costs, and Develop Performance monitoring mechanism for the operations of the installed biogas plant. In addition to this, 11 locally based masons received on the job training through 13 days spent on site during the construction period and were involved in the digester civil and piping worksmore 

  • Improving Access and Quality of Public services in Morocco

    The project aims to support was mainly sought to design a legal and institutional framework on the ethics, standards and processes of citizens' access to quality public services, to test the new provision and processes in pilot sites, and subsequently to generalize the said processes throughout the country. The fund is 200,000 USD. The project period is from April 2013 to mid 2014. UNDP followed up closely with the Ministry for the setting up of the PMU including project team and launch of project activities more 

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