Environment and Energy

In the Environment sector, UNDP/PAPP works with the Palestinian government to protect the environment and to sustainably manage natural resources. UNDP also mainstreams and promotes climate change adaptation and mitigation to respond to the potentially increasing scarcity of natural resources and manage climate change associated risks.


The Palestinian people experience a continuous depletion of natural resources as a result of the occupation. Water supply and sanitation services in the oPt are characterized by severe shortage. Furthermore, solid waste is mismanaged, all while wastewater is insufficiently and inadequately collected, treated and discharged. The lack of control by Palestinian government over most of its natural resources, including water, land (Area C) and mineral resources considerably restrain the ability of the government to design and plan for sound responses to environmental challenges. Thus, the water sector is one of the highest priority areas listed in Palestinian national plans.more

Access to safe water

UNDP is connecting communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to water networksmore

Our Stories

Fatheya using the solar powered oven to dry the fruits and herbs before selling them to local markets, Gaza
Harnessing the sun in Gaza

It is around noon and Fatheya el Braim is taking dozens of cookies from a clay oven in her backyard. The cookies are coated in sesamemore 

A 3,000-cubic-metre water tank is now serving more than 50,000 residents of Rafah in the occupied Palestinian territory. (Photo: UNDP/PAPP)
In Gaza, safe water supply changes lives

Water is scarce in the occupied Palestinian territory and supplies barely meet the needs of the Palestinian people. More than 13 percent of the population currentlymore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Emergency Water Supply and Rehabilitation Programme

    The Emergency Water Supply and Rehabilitation programme aims to improve the quality of life and health conditions through developing and improving water supply services and facilities in both Rafah and Northern Governorates in the Gaza Strip. The project will also serve residents of the poor camps, suburbs and rural areas surrounding the City of Rafah.more 

  • UXO clearance and solid waste services improvement

    The project aims at reducing threats to public health through clearance and safe disposal of UXOs, and management of municipal solid waste including construction debris in environmentally sound manner.more 

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