Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)

Role of the STAP

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) provides strategic scientific and technical advice to the GEF on its strategy and programs. The Panel consists of six members who are internationally recognized experts in the GEF's key areas of work, and are supported by a network of additional experts. The Science Panel is supported by a Secretariat, based at UNEP's regional office in Washington, DC.


The STAP's Mandate

In accordance with the terms of reference adopted by the GEF Council in June 2007, “The STAP is established as an advisory body to the GEF. The STAP shall provide 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's activities shall be coordinated with the activities of the GEF secretariat and the Implementing and Executing Agencies (GEF Agencies) and be consistent with GEF processes and procedures approved by the Council.


The STAP shall interact 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 shall advise on the development of scientific and technical criteria and provide scientific and technical advice on priorities for GEF funding. The STAP shall provide expert scientific advice to inter-agency task forces and bodies handling other GEF processes, when such advice is requested.


Pursuant to this mandate, STAP shall report to each regular meeting of the GEF Council and, if requested, to the GEF Assembly on the status of its activities. UNEP shall provide STAP's secretariat and operate as its liaison with the GEF."


GEF Policy

Terms of Reference for Reconstituted STAP (2007)

Background Document

Role and Mandate of STAP


For additional information visit STAP website