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.
Transforming the world's energy systems, cities, and land-use systems to become low-carbon and resilient will require a large-scale change in global finance flows. The magnitude of financing is in the order of trillions of dollars per year, of which a large amount comes from the private sector. It is therefore critical that scarce public resources are deployed in a way that catalyzes the required redirection of finance. Blended finance aims to achieve exactly that, and therefore has attracted significant interest in recent years.
The world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems provide critical services — food security, livelihoods and coastal protection — for billions of people. Yet these valuable ecosystems lack sustainable governance resulting in continued degradation due to over and destructive fishing, habitat loss and pollution compounded by climate change. Because of their transboundary nature, these multi-country systems represent international public goods making ocean governance particularly complex.
Today, soy, beef and palm oil yield about $92 billion a year to producers, many of whom are small-scale rural farmers. These commodities thus become important in many local and national economies. Therefore, sustainability within commodities will only be achieved by linking long-term national sustainable development plans with day-to-day value chain management.
GEF Integrated Approach Pilot: Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
The challenge of food security in Africa will intensify in the coming decades. Demand for food will increase sharply in Africa as the African population is set to double by 2050, and as the population in parallel become more affluent. At the same time, with a chronic food deficit, one-quarter of its population undernourished, the lowest crop yields in the world and poor soil quality, Africa’s starting point in terms of food security is challenging. Climate change will further exacerbate the risks facing agriculture in Africa, which is dominated by small farms with few assets and limited capacities to adapt.
Cities consume over two-thirds of global energy supply, and are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are also uniquely vulnerable to climate change: 14 of the world’s 19 largest cities are located in port areas. Climate change adds to the urgency of sustainable urban planning and management, and to the an already broad set of challenges for many city governments revolving around providing jobs, services and housing to growing urban populations