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There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. While Eastern Europe and Central Asia is not a big producer of greenhouse gas emissions, the region is suffering disproportionately from the consequences of climate change.

Floods in the Western Balkans have destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people. Shrinking glaciers and dwindling water resources in Central Asia could seriously impact irrigation and hydropower generation. Moldova and southern Ukraine are experiencing severe droughts, with major agricultural losses.

But across the region, people are mobilizing to cut greenhouse gas emissions, save lives and help communities cope. The capital of Croatia has vowed to become a carbon zero city by 2050. Unprecedented steps are being taken in the peatlands of Belarus to keep carbon safely stored in the ground. Georgia now has sophisticated early warning systems and better protection against flooding.

Global warming is having a drastic impact on the lives of people. Let's act now. 

Goals in action


UNDP in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Goal 13 at a glance

What are some of the facts about climate change and what are we doing to take action? MORE >

UNDP in Moldova

Smart farming technology

Three-fourths of Moldova's land is used for food production. With extended droughts, temperature increases, decreased water reserves, and soil erosion, households reliant on farming have been the first to feel the impacts of climate change. MORE >

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

Now is the time to climate proof the region

We will never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if climate-related disasters keep wiping out development gains and taking us back to square one. But if we act now, climate-proofing the Goals will be within reach. MORE >

UNDP in Belarus

Energy efficient houses for a better future

Watch the joy of this family as they get a new, energy-efficient house in Belarus. WATCH >

UNDP in Georgia

Keeping Georgia safe from disaster

In Georgia's Rioni river basin, 200,000 residents suffer from flash floods every year. Take a look at how UNDP is working to address the problem. WATCH >

UNDP in Albania

Helping rebuild with long term sight

After severe flooding affected over 15,000 people, destroying crops, roads, and hundreds of homes, rebuilding involved infrastructure projects that would provide flood protection for the future. MORE >

UNDP in Kazakhstan

Can the Aral Sea make a comeback?

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking. Now, 20 years after UNDP's first intervention in the region, hope begins to blossom. MORE >

UNDP in Azerbaijan

Restoring and protecting Azerbaijan’s farmlands

The Clima East project establishes sustainable pasture management practices while having an “ecosystem-based approach to climate change”. MORE >

UNDP in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

How are we helping countries to adapt to climate change?

The main aim of our Clima East Pilots Initiative is to help countries in Central Asia, Western CIS and the Caucasus adapt to climate change. MORE >

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