Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean affordable energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects that help poor people build sustainable livelihoods.

The Small Grants Programme / Global Environment Facility project in the Toledo District, protecting the Rio Blanco National Park, is implemented by local community based organizations, who also plant and harvest indigenous plants for production of handicraft.  Children, men and women are all involved in the educational parts of the project, and the adults participate in the economic activities that sustain the local economy.

Environment and Sustainable Development

Photo:  Local communities, reflecting a balance between environment and sustainable development.Photo: Local communities, reflecting a balance between environment and sustainable development.

UNDP Belize Programme Components under the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), in the area of Environment and Sustainable Development include:

1. Frameworks and strategies for sustainable development;

2. Effective water governance;

3. Access to sustainable energy services;

4 Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation;

5. Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and

6. National/sectoral policy and planning to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants.