In order to better inform GEF support to biodiversity mainstreaming, the GEF has undertaken two reviews of biodiversity mainstreaming to identify best practice and lessons learned. The purpose of this publication is to synthesize these analyses and complement them with a systematic review of the final evaluations of completed mainstreaming projects with the aim of identifying key “project moderators” (factors that are not part of project design and that are largely unaffected by the project, but influence the magnitude and quality of the project outcomes) and “project design features” (these are design elements, which can be changed by project designers or implementers, that make the project more successful) that are most correlated with successful projects.
This booklet summarizes all COP guidance dating from the first COP (COP 1) to COP 19, as well as all corresponding GEF responses. Its goal is to provide full documentation of the evolution of GEF activities and policies as informed by guidance from the COP.
All life on Earth depends on clean air and water, biodiversity, healthy forests, land, oceans and a stable climate. These global commons—the ecosystems, biomes and processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system—are the very foundation of our global economy and modern society.
Today, they are facing an all-toofamiliar tragedy of over-exploitation and rapid degradation. With increasing pressures from humanity, our window of opportunity to act is closing quickly. It is urgent that we bring about transformations in our key economic systems, from energy, cities and food to the “take-make-waste” economy, and leverage evidence and new information technology, political leadership, coalitions for change and innovation.
The necessity of making our societies and economies more sustainable and less inequitable is not just to avoid disaster, but to build lasting prosperity. Operating within planetary boundaries is not just the only way to ensure healthy economies, but has the potential to provide much greater and better-shared growth. That’s the opportunity of the commons.
Big birthdays are occasions for celebration, and reflection — and reaching 25 years is a particularly important milestone. For a person, it marks the onset of full maturity, a moment at which soberly to confirm the course to an effective and satisfying adult life, while still retaining much of youth’s enthusiasm and willingness to innovate. And it can be much the same for organizations...
Fish provide 4.3 billion people with about 15% of their animal protein and essential nutrients for growth and maternal health. Coastal fisheries – defined as all fisheries within Economic Exclusive Zones (EEZ) – are of global importance as a basis of food, nutrition and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries. In addition to playing a key role in food security, coastal fisheries provide a host of economic benefits.
Since it was founded, the GEF has been a strong partner and supporter of sustainable development for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The GEF has supported the development of the green economy in the SIDS because nowhere is the inextricable connection between people’s wellbeing and prosperity and the environment more clear than on small islands.
This publication is a joint effort by the GEF partnership to showcase some of the insights gained from the now substantial portfolio of GEF-funded adaptation projects.
Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge and ecosystem management practices are recognized by the GEF as highly relevant for protection of the global environmental commons, environmental management, sustainable development, and increased resilience. The GEF sees Indigenous Peoples as distinct communities whose identity and culture are inextricably linked to the land, territories and natural resources they depend upon. Through its operations and policies, the GEF supports the realization of the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Tackling Global Environmental Challenges through the Integrated Approach Pilots - 3rd Progress Report
In the last quarter of 2015, the GEF Agencies, GEF Secretariat and STAP continued with consultation and outreach toward further development of the IAP programs.
The lead agencies of each integrated approach program consulted nationally, regionally and globally with key stakeholders. These activities are the first step to design the “child” projects (national projects or regional and global projects with national-level activities) and achieved two goals: increased understanding of the approach and methodology behind the integrated programs; and collection of valuable inputs for design of the child projects.
Outreach activities by the GEF and agencies continued to raise awareness of the integrated approach programs, most notably during the UNFCCC COP21 and the UNCCD COP12. In both cases, the audience demonstrated a high level of interest. Many countries expressed an interest in joining the programs, sending a strong signal to the GEF about the importance of these pilots.