This report details the experience of the Biomass for Rural Energy project, one of the first attempts at sub-megawatt power generation through biomass gasification in India. It highlights the importance of biomass energy in national policy geared towards increasing the share of renewable energy in India’s energy mix.

In the present study, various biomass gasification power-generation models from across the country are evaluated for their techno-economic viability for promotion and scaling up in other states.

The report outlines the importance of participatory land-use planning (PLUP) to reverse land degradation, conserve biodiversity, and maintain ecosystem services. PLUP identifies optimal solutions for alternative land-use, taking into account local socio-economic conditions and livelihood strategies.

The report is a compilation of key parameters of operations of the 500-KW Kabbigere plant set up in Tumkur district in Karnataka as part of the UNDP supported GEF funded ‘Biomass Energy for Rural India’ project.

The study, undertaken in partnership with Samarthan-Centre for Development Support, aims to understand the status of communities’ claims to forest resources and assets. It also identifies best practices and bottlenecks in implementing the Forest Right Act in 120 villages across 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

This new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) publication examines five biodiversity governance models that have helped conserve India's natural landscape.

This toolkit offers a step-by-step guide for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the coastal and marine ecosystem management that will be quite useful for the field practitioners of coastal areas in the sub-region.

One of the manifestations of the impact of climate change has emerged in the form of GLOF hazard – glacial lake outburst floods. With a view to strengthen GLOF risk mitigation efforts, the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), UNDP has been focusing on emerging hazards in the Himalayan region.

Since the inception of MGNREGA in 2005, UNDP has supported the Government of India (GoI) to enable a transparent, accountable and efficient implementation of the Act through ICT innovations, monitoring and research, awareness generation and capacity development.

The publication comprises working papers presented at a consultation on 'Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change' organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme.