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.
This publication offers experiences and lessons learnt from SGP in upscaling community development from 10 community initiatives in managing international waters.
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.
This publication highlights the unique contribution of ten GEF financed, UNDP supported projects in six tiger range countries (Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand), demonstrating how conservation activities in tiger habitat can accomplish more than the preservation of one iconic wildlife species.
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.