Construction of 1120-meter protection wall in Shade Bara of Injil district in Herat. This village is particularly at risk of flooding. It lies at the bottom of a floodplain in the Injil district of Herat, and is bounded by mountains on one side, and a river on the other. Photo © UNDP/CCAP — Edited by: S. Omer Sadaat

Today is the International Day of Disaster Reduction. But it’s also a time to talk about climate change. Why? The recent trend we see where floods, droughts and storms are on the rise is a result of climate change. Even with “just” a 1°C increase in global average temperatures since the industrial revolution, it has already changed the landscape of natural disasters dramatically.

Geophysical disasters, which are believed not to be affected by climate change, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, remained relatively stable over the last 30 years, while climate-related disasters such as floods and droughts almost tripled. …


With only 4,000 left in the wild, Afghanistan’s snow leopards are a priceless resource.

Studying and protecting them is at the heart of our programmes in the Wakhan Corridor, where UNDP, with funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), works with government, NGOs and local people to preserve the Wakhan area for future generations.

© Matt Hance (SideshowMatt), Flickr, under creative commons license: http://bit.ly/2dXLhS4

As many as 450 snow leopard killings are reported each year — according to a recent report from animal trade NGO Traffic.

The killings happen for three main reasons:

50% — revenge attacks by farmers tyring to protect their livestock

20% — caught in traps intended for other animals

20% — illegally hunted for their fur


HUMAN SECURITY REMAINS AFGHANISTAN’S MAJOR CHALLENGE TO DEVELOPMENT. HOWEVER, AFGHANS ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR FUTURE THAN IN THE PAST. YOU CAN SEE THAT OPTIMISM IN OUR BUSTLING, ENERGETIC CITIES.

UNDP SUPPORTS THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN AS THEY FACE OLD CHALLENGES AND WORK TO ACHIEVE THE NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS BY 2030.

SEE THESE 17 INSPIRING WAYS AFGHANS ARE IMPROVING THEIR CITIES AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE SDGS, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM UNDP.

GOAL 1 — NO POVERTY

36% of Afghans live below the poverty line. Panjshiri farmer, Kazem, pulled himself above it after UNDP provided a greenhouse to help him grow cucumbers and tomatoes…


Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change; even here, in beautiful, mountainous Panjshir province.

This is one of Afghanistan’s most peaceful areas, but it’s threatened nonetheless — by climate change. © UNDP Afghanistan / Omer Sadaat / 2016

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@UNDPAf is the United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan. Our work covers governance, rule of law, livelihoods, environment, gender and health.

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