Written in the style of an oceanic travel magazine, the reader sets sail on a mesmerizing journey around the world. Visiting myriad countries that promote the conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity and ecosystems while facilitating the establishment of effectively managed marine protected areas, the reader witnesses their multiple global and local development benefits in support of SDG 14 and other SDGs — as well as global biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
This publication offers experiences and lessons learnt from SGP in upscaling community development from 10 community initiatives in managing international waters.
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.
From Community to Cabinet: Two Decades of GEF Action to Secure Transboundary River Basins and Aquifers
Two Decades of GEF Action to Secure Transboundary River Basins and Aquifers
The Political Economy of Regionalism: The Relevance for International Waters and the Global Environment Facility
There is strong evidence that contemporary regionalism and regional cooperation influence both the context and quality of transnational policy making in most sectors, ranging from economic development, social affairs, trade, health, and education, to peace and security. The importance of using regional or collective action approaches to address a range of environmental issues is also widely recognized in both policy and research. Indeed, most freshwater and marine resources are transboundary in nature and are of vital importance for economic and social development, food security, and the sustainable use and management of ecosystems.
This demonstrates how effective the application of appropriate mixes of market and policy have been in helping countries to address challenges facing the oceans and explores how they could be successfully scaled up.