OUR FOCUS

Energy, environment,
climate and disaster-risk
management

Overview

Nepal has a rich geography, with tall mountains spanning its northern border. But behind this beauty, grave disaster risks lurk. Globally, it is ranked fourth, eleventh and thirtieth in terms of vulnerability to climate change, earthquake and flood risks respectively. As climate change impacts increase, Nepal’s vulnerability continues to grow. About 80% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas, and improving the resilience of the villages is crucial. Around 70%of Nepal’s population depends upon agriculture and even slight changes in climatic conditions can have a major impact on their lives and livelihoods.

Our goals

Addressing current and future risks requires a comprehensive preparedness programme, including integration of preparedness in development programming—as well as a solid repository of disaster knowledge and trained human resources. While enhancing resilience of communities, it is equally important to improve living standards so that they can adapt to changes in the environment better. UNDP’s support is helping to mitigate and reduce the impact of these threats and provide the rural poor with clean renewable energy and environment friendly livelihoods. A key part of UNDP’s support across these areas is promoting pro-poor environmental management, risk reduction, and climate change adaptation at the national and local levels

Lake Imja

was lowered

by 3.4 metres as part of an infrastructure intervention by the Government of Nepal with UNDP support, thereby rendering over 87,000 people in downstream communities better protected from risks of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs).

Explore more

A look at some of UNDP Nepal's interventions pertaining to energy, part of UNDP's Strategic Plan's…

A look at some of UNDP Nepal's interventions pertaining to biodiversity and conservation, part of…

A look at some of UNDP Nepal's interventions pertaining to building resilience, part of UNDP's…

As part of a joint initiative on Community-based Disaster Management in Asia (CDBM), vulnerable…

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal and UNDP’s Country Director joined newly-elected representatives of…

Read about UNDP's efforts to help Nepal adapt to climate change and strengthen disaster resilience,…

Training in climate-smart agricultural practices has helped struggling vegetable farmers in Dolakha…

River-control and bio-engineering interventions in Dolakha's Kholikhim Bazaar have helped reduce…

Even when everything she built and owned was swept away in the 2017 floods, Tara Devi is determined…

The recent interconnection of the 23kW Syaurebhumi micro-hydro plant to the national grid has raised…

With help from the National Reconstruction Authority’s toll-free inquiry service, Chitra Bahadur…

With help from the National Reconstruction Authority’s toll-free inquiry service, Chitra Bahadur…

This document provides key measures adopted by the Government of Nepal (GoN) in integrating climate…

This report captures UNDP’s innovation journey in Asia and the Pacific. The nine stories from the…

Translating climate priorities into results requires adequate and sustained financing. Green Climate…

This glossary was published by the Ministry of Finance—with financial support from the German…

Two-pager highlighting the bold actions being taken to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in…

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme…

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Nepal 
Go to UNDP Global