Environment and Energy

China’s development in recent decades has seen impressive reductions in poverty and great improvement in other key indicators. However, this rapid growth has come at a cost, which has left China’s environment in poor shape and its consumption patterns unsustainable from an ecological perspective. Unless urgent action is taken, environmental degradation has the potential to negatively affect China’s hard-won development gains.

Our Goals

UNDP focuses on helping China achieve the goals of the 12th Five-Year Plan while also improving compliance with Multilateral Agreements such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the UN Convention on Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol. We do this by providing technical assistance for policy and legal reform, technology transfers and capacity building to address these issues.more

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Environment & Energy

The Hongyuan-Ruoergai Grassland, one of China's three largest wetlands, is an area comprised of meadows, grassland and marshland, covering nearly 30,000 square kilometers (7.4 million acres).

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Our Stories

  • A More Sustainable Home for Migratory Birds in Gansu

    Migratory birds like black-necked cranes and swans are often subject to illegal hunting. The Gahai Zecha National Nature Reserve in Gansu Province has seen its fair share of injured birds every year. These wildfowls are very attached to their partners, often wailing at the loss. Growing up in Guomaotan wetland, Xihedao is very familiar with these migratory birds passing by every winter.more

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  • Not Just Another Brick in the Wall

    Wang Jingli has lived in the region around Wangyu village in China’s Hebei province for almost thirty years. The region, located in the mountainous area north of Shihe District, Qinhuangdao is famous for cherry cultivation and rural tourism. Wangyu’s local population of 938 used to live across five separate villages.more

Projects and Initiatives

Ningxia Anti-desertification and Livelihood Improvement

This project aims to assist the efforts of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regional Government to better manage sand control initiatives and improve the livelihood of the selected dryland and desert affected regions of Ningxia. more

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Featured Publication
Guangxi Sustainable Sugarcane Farming

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region plays a key role in the Chinese sugar industry, with more than 20 million people working in sugarcane agriculture and production. In China, as much as 60 percent of sugar production comes from the region. But Guangxi also suffers from droughts and flooding, which damage harvests and decrease productivity. 

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