Environment & Energy

  • Improving Energy Efficiency in BuildingsImproving Energy Efficiency in BuildingsAlmost all Kyrgyzstan’s housing stock was constructed during Soviet period some 35-60 years ago without any regard to energy efficiency. These buildings are now in obsolete condition and do not provide for minimum hygienic and comfort living conditions. Energy use per square meter is almost 3-5 times as those in EU. The project aims at reducing energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions in Kyrgyzstan’s building sector by 30-40% as compared to the current level.

  • Management of Polychlorinated biphenyls in KyrgyzstanManagement of Polychlorinated biphenyls in KyrgyzstanPolychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of synthetic organic chemicals that were used globally in various industries because of their chemical stability. In 1970s it was recognized that their chemical stability is also a serious threat to human health and environment. PCBs are considered to be immune-toxic and can damage human immune system, liver, skin, reproductive system, gastrointestinal tract and thyroid gland. The project activities will provide Kyrgyzstan with tools to minimize environmental and health risks associated with PCBs. As part of the project UNDP will identify PCBs, secure stockpiles and enhance overall awareness about the issue. The project is also aimed at strengthening regulatory measures in this area and supporting institutions in managing PCB.

  • Small Hydro Power DevelopmentThe main goal of the project is to accelerate sustainable small hydropower (SHP) electricity generation in Kyrgyzstan. As part of the project UNDP will help introduce a competitive private power framework to supply the grid with SHP-generated electricity at market-determined prices, assist the Government in closing private sector funded SHP investments.

  • Climate Risk Management in KyrgyzstanThe objective of this project is to strengthen resilience of herder communities by improving Climate Risk Management (CRM) in Kyrgyzstan’s Suusamyr valley. As part of the project UNDP addresses climate-related disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation through resilient pasture management practices, institutional changes and bringing international experience.

  • Environment Protection for Sustainable DevelopmentEnvironment Protection for Sustainable DevelopmentAs part of this programme UNDP helps government and non-government institutions of Kyrgyzstan to integrate environmental sustainability and climate change resilience into pro-poor development policies. Promotion of low carbon development, sustainable natural resource management and transition to climate resilient economy via climate change adaptation strategies are three main priorities of the project.

  • Improving the Coverage and Effectiveness of Protected Areas in the Central Tian Shan MountainsAs a result of the the project, territory of protected areas in Central Tian Shan will increase from 20% to 48% through a new State Nature Park “Khan Tengri”, while overall PA coverage will increase from 6.03% to approximately 7%.



In recognition of the importance of environment in the national context, UNDP has prioritized energy and sustainable development with two underlying objectives: to advocate for a coherent and strategic vision on sustainable development; and to generate an increasing volume of grant funding for this sector to address critical national needs. UNDP launched its first full-fledged five-year environment programme in 2008, with the goal of including sustainable development principles into national strategies and policies. Since then, UNDP helped to promote a number of groundbreaking legislative initiatives on conserving fish, waste management, renewable energy sources, environmental code, energy efficiency and others.