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UNDP supports the advancement of climate-resilient livelihoods for vulnerable communities, including resilient agricultural value chains. A failure to adopt climate-resilient measures to support sustainable livelihoods is likely to jeopardize food and income security, and lead to the loss of assets and increasing impoverishment. The main areas of UNDP’s work include support to entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with a special emphasis on women entrepreneurs, development of public goods to build market resilience, and promoting income diversification and improved productivity. This work supports global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially goals for ending hunger and poverty, promoting decent work and economic growth, and supporting responsible consumption and production practices.

Human stories

In Viet Nam, smallholder farmers are turning to beekeeping and other alternative livelihoods for climate-resilient income in an initiative backed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and UNDP.

A personal tale of resilience forged in Zambia’s changing climate

The Adaptation Fund-financed "Productive Landscape Resilient to Climate Change and Strengthened Socioeconomic Networks in Guatemala" supported groups of organized women producing cacao to improve the quality and profitability of artisanal chocolate, promoting the recovery of cocoa plantations.


With climate change and rising temperatures, the accumulated snow on high ridges and mountains rolls downhill, carrying with it huge bulks of debris without any water- commonly known as Avalanche.

Map showing locations of the GLOF-II project in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Amid the climate crisis, nature-based indigenous solutions such as ice stupas ensure evidence-based and transformative changes to build the climate resilience of these mountain ecosystems.

Booklet outlining project's targets and interventions in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A handbook for training government officials in disaster risk management, including key concepts and terms, case studies, an overview of global policies and frameworks for DRR and in the domestic context, a checklist of roles of district line departments in disaster management and more.

As the globe warms up due to the impact of climate change, the glaciers of Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan are beginning to melt at an increasingly fast pace, resulting in catastrophic disasters like glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). In response to the melting glaciers, an indigenous practice of glacier grafting has been preserved by the people of Baltistan known as ‘Gang Khswa’ in their native language, meaning to ‘nurture with deep affection’.




The AFCIA is a multi-partner programme launched in November 2020 with an initial US$10 million grant from the Adaptation Fund. The programme supports local entrepreneurs in developing countries to grow their innovative resilience-building solutions into viable business models that attract commercial financing. In December 2020, the European Union contributed an additional €10 million to the UNDP grant funding window.

Launched by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021, AIM is a strategic platform that promotes scaled-up adaptation at the local level, focusing on civil society, non-government organizations, and women and youth innovators. The AIM partners include the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change, the Global Resilience Partnership, the Climate-Knowledge Innovation Community, and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).