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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Biodiversity Conservation

Local herdsman protecting migratory birds, part of a UNDP biodiversity conservation project in Gansu

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Our Stories

  • Biodiversity Conservation Yields Organic Tea

    As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,” said Li.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
Briefing Paper on E-waste Recycling and Disposal & Low Carbon Development

The E-waste Recycling and Disposal & Low Carbon Development seminar, co-organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China and Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP), was held on January 21st, 2015. Stakeholders from various sectors convened in Beijing to discuss e-waste management, sparking debates on challenges and prospects of the e-waste industry. Positioned as an open and partnership-building platform, the seminar has successfully yielded an array of innovative solutions and unconventional ideas.

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