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Sudan’s diverse natural environment can be a valuable asset in helping to rebuild parts of the country that have suffered during the years of conflict in the Darfur region and in areas affected by the conflict between the north and the south.

Since completing a major environmental assessment of Sudan in 2007, UNEP has established an active country presence and developed a Sudan Integrated Environment Programme.

UNEP is working with Sudanese national, state and local leaders, civil society and the international community to encourage the sustainable development of the country’s natural resources – with the ultimate aim of assisting the people of Sudan to achieve peace, recovery and development on an environmentally sustainable basis.

UNEP’s programme has seven main themes: environmental policy; environmental mainstreaming; Integrated Water Resources Management; forests and energy; community environmental management; sustainable livelihoods; and waste management.

Sudan’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Physical Development is UNEP’s government counterpart. The principal UNEP Sudan donor is UKaid from the Department for International Development. Italian Development Cooperation and USAID also provide valued support.

UNEP Environmental Assessment 2007

The Sudan Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment report includes chapters on water, agriculture, forests, desertification, wildlife, marine areas, industrial pollution, the urban environment, environmental governance and the role of environmental pressures in previous conflicts. The assessment and its 85 recommendations form the basis of UNEP’s continuing engagement in Sudan.

For further information on UNEP's Sudan programme please contact Robin Bovey,Programme Manager on: