Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)

In accordance with the terms of reference adopted by the GEF Council in June 2007, the STAP has been established as an advisory body to the GEF. STAP provides objective, strategic, scientific and technical advice on GEF policies, operational strategies, programs and on projects and programmatic approaches; and, maintain a database of institutions, networks and individual scientists to provide the necessary expertise and advice for the GEF.

STAP interacts in a complementary manner with other relevant scientific and technical bodies, particularly with the subsidiary bodies of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention to Combat Desertification and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

For focal areas in which the GEF is not operating as a convention's financial mechanism, the STAP advises on the development of scientific and technical criteria and provide scientific and technical advice on priorities for GEF funding. STAP provides expert scientific advice to inter-agency task forces and bodies handling other GEF processes, when such advice is requested. 

GEF Policy

Terms of Reference for Reconstituted STAP (2007)

Background Document

Role and Mandate of STAP


For additional information visit STAP website