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.
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.