GEF-Trust Fund

GEF-Trust Fund

The Global Environment Facility Trust Fund supports the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements, and serves as a financial mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the longest standing dedicated public climate change fund. Climate Change is one of the six focal areas supported by the GEF Trust Fund. The GEF also administers several funds established under the UNFCCC including the Least Developed Countries Trust Fund (LDCF), the Special Climate Change Trust Fund (SCCF) and is interim secretariat for the Adaptation Fund. 

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Regional project for the conservation and sustainable development of Lake Chad

Lake Chad is home to a growing population that has urgent needs to address the impacts of climate change on the water resources and the ecosystem of the basin. It provides for millions of people living in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and a diverse range of environmental services. It is also an important center for the provisioning of food and water, supporting land and nutrient cycling, regulatory ground water replenishment, carbon sequestration, air purification, as well as a wonderful spot for simple recreation.

Over the last 45 years, Lake chad has lost 90 percent of its volume and surface area, creating serious environmental, economic and social challenges for people whose lives and livelihoods depend on the lake. Environmental resources are critical to the survival of the Lake Chad population, both for subsistence and economic growth. The escalating degradation of water resources and ecosystems is exacerbated by the current security challenge and the subsequent migration of livestock and people in search of a better life. In 2008 a previous UNDP-supported GEF-financed project assisted the countries and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in preparing a regional transboundary diagnostic analysis leading to a regionally endorsed Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

The “Improving Lake Chad management through building climate change resilience and reducing ecosystem stress through implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Lake Chad basin” project has a focus to initiate the implementation of the SAP with the overall objective to achieve climate resilient, integrated ecosystem-based management of the Lake Chad Basin through implementation of agreed policy, legal and institutional reforms, and investments that improve water quality and quantity, protect biodiversity, and sustain livelihoods. Meeting this objective will address concerns linked to the management capacity of the LCBC and its member countries to develop and implement sustainable management policies and to address unsustainable land/water practices responding to the SAP and the regionally agreed Water Charter.

The project will focus on developing and implementing policies, investments and improved integrated ecosystem-based lake management through enhanced basin-wide monitoring, and developing and managing regional projects in accordance with the basin’s priorities expressed in the Lake Chad SAP and other relevant strategic documents for the Lake Chad Basin.

Project outputs include: Strengthened and harmonised approaches to implementing sustainable legal and policy instruments across the Lake Chad Basin countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria) leading to greater water availability through effective conjunctive use management of surface and groundwater; technical capacity and awareness of national ministries, institutions and other stakeholders (e.g. academia, civil society) strengthened to contribute to the sustainable management practices of the natural resources in the Lake Chad basin at both national and basin levels; LCBC and member states operating and utilising data and information from management information system for effective and sustainable land, water, and biodiversity resources management; LCBC, national governments and local communities gain practical experience and upscaling validation on sustainable ecosystem management and alternative livelihoods; assessment of stress reduction and livelihood strengthening activities identified in the SAP leads to a broad investment programme to further assist SAP implementation.

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POINT (14.527588299127 13.044161588787)
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Financing Amount: 
US$6 million
Co-Financing Total: 
US$236 million (US$1.9 million UNDP, US$5.8 million LCBC, US$216 million partner governments, US$9.4 million GIZ, US$2.5 million IUCN)
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The relationship between environmental (natural) resources, livelihood and conflicts has long been established in literature. Environmental resources are critical to the survival of the Lake Chad population, both for subsistence and for economic growth. The basin’s population live mostly in rural areas and are strongly dependent on their natural resources. Desertification and the effects of climate change exacerbate the overexploitation of these natural resources.

The escalating degradation of water resources and ecosystems is further exacerbated by the current security challenge and the subsequent migration of livestock and people in search of more secure lives and livelihoods.

In the long term, it is crucial to secure the environmental conditions for prosperity, stability and equity, through long-term and co-ordinated management responses to the scale of the environmental challenges. In its vision 2015, the LCBC has expressed the responsibility of the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) Member States on the “common heritage-and other wetlands maintained at sustainable levels to ensure the economic security of the freshwater ecosystem resources, sustainable biodiversity and aquatic resources of the basin, the use of which should be equitable to serve the needs of the population of the basin, thereby reducing the poverty level”). Achieving this vision is still facing many difficulties in the Lake Chad Basin.

There is a crucial need to harmonise policies, legislation, enforcements, incentives, etc., between member states and on a regional basis to address environmental and socio-economic issues and mitigate disaster risks. A further challenge remains the absence of suitable mechanisms and instruments for mobilising internal and external financial resources, aimed at progressively achieving self-sufficiency for the sustainable management of resources in the Lake Chad Basin. Lastly, failing to integrate the risks of climate change and to build the resilience of the population will undermine all efforts to sustain the water resources, ecosystems and socio-economic development of the Lake Chad Basin and its inhabitants.

The project will address concerns linked to the management capacity of the LCBC and member countries to develop and implement sustainable management policies to rectify unsustainable land/water practices and respond to climate change threats in accordance with the agreed SAP (and any updates).

The project will take advantage of key achievements of the previous (and ongoing) projects and regional policy agreements that have been strengthening LCBC capability for effective transboundary lake management. LCBC has acquired knowledge of Lake Chad’s potential resources and produced an inventory regarding the hydrology, geology, pedology and climatology with the support of international institutions. However, at the national level, the harmonization of sectoral policies for integrated management of land and water resources and ecosystems, and the capacity of the countries to address these issues remains a major challenge.

Addressing challenges

At the UNFCCC CoP 21 in Paris (December 2015), the high-profile problem of the significant loss of volume (90%) and surface area (90%) of Lake Chad over the last 45 years has been highlighted. The basin has suffered multiple years of declining rainfall. In addition to the climate change threats, the Lake Chad Basin Strategic Action Programme (SAP) (based on a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis - TDA) developed and endorsed by the riparian countries in 2008, identified the following interlinked transboundary issues that need to be addressed within the Lake Chad Basin:

  • Variability of the hydrological regime and fresh water availability: the drastic decrease in fresh water availability in the LCB is a major concern. This is a result of variability in the hydrological regimes of the rivers and rainfall regimes in the region. Some of the root causes contributing to the overall degradation of the lake and its ecosystems include the absence of sustainable development in the political programs of the member states to handle the population pressure, and the insufficient awareness of stakeholders. The ecosystems degradation has led to continuing decline in local access to water, crop failures, livestock deaths, collapsed fisheries and wetlands services, etc. As identified in the SAP, the socioeconomic consequences of these impacts include food insecurity and declining health status of the population. Variability of the hydrological regime and fresh water availability is considered to be the most significant problem, not only due to the above impacts, but also because it drives or contributes to the other six transboundary problems.
  • Water pollution: it is one of the immediate causes of biodiversity loss in the wetlands. The use of agrochemicals for commercial cotton and rice production, and the increasing oil exploitation in Chad with a lack of working regulations and environmental standards will increase inorganic chemical pollution and eutrophication of the Lake in the near future.  Moreover, the increasing urbanization resulting from the oil exploitation in Chad risks giving rise to domestic waste and increases pollution from oil spills. If these trends are maintained, the likelihood for drastic fisheries depletion and wider ecological damage is high.
  • Decreased viability of biological resources: the stress created by the overexploitation of the natural resources of Lake Chad are undermining the ability of the plant and animal populations to maintain their normal regenerative rate. There is an absence of appropriate and harmonized policies and plans between the Member States to regulate basin activities coupled by the insufficient awareness of the local population in the member states on environmental issues. It also contributes to biodiversity loss and increasing variability of hydrological regime and fresh water availability.
  • Loss of biodiversity: concerns the loss of plant and animal species, as well as damages to ecosystem health. It is rooted in population growth, absence of sustainable development in political programs, and low environmental awareness. This reduces ecosystem productivity and thus resources availability, resulting in deepening poverty. It also contributes to the decreasing viability of biological resources.
  • Loss and modification of ecosystems:  The TDA has identified extensive habitat and community modification that has been experienced in the lake and the river environment. The lake, for example, has changed from open water to a marshy environment, and about 50% of wetlands have been destroyed. This has been due predominantly to reduced flows resulting from the lack of sustainable development in the member states, as well as a low level of environmental awareness. The impact of the loss/modification of ecosystems has most impact on the decline of some fisheries and rice cultivation, as well as on biodiversity loss and the decreased viability of biological resources.
  • Sedimentation in rivers and water bodies: this has led to changes in channel flow patterns, a reduction in the inflows to the lake through channel diversion, and the colonisation of the silted sites by invasive species. It is driven mainly by unsustainable farming practices on marginal lands and is rooted in low environmental awareness, population pressure, and absence of sustainable development on the political agenda of the member states.
  • Invasive species: The Lake is being invaded by typha grass and water hyacinth. Typha is also a major problem in the Komadugu Yobe Basin, and quelea birds are the major pest prevalent all over the basin. Invasive species, to a large extent, are a function of poor water resources management, poor enforcement of environmental regulations and standards, etc. The typha grass blocks river channels and diverts flows, while the quelea destroys crops, both contributing to poverty through the loss of livelihoods.

 

Recognising that the development of the TDA was over a decade ago and there have been significant additions to the knowledge-base in the region, including on climate variability and change, and groundwater resources, the TDA is currently being updated (by GIZ) and this UNDP-GEF project will update the SAP. It is not expected that there will be significant changes to the above identified transboundary problems however the new and emerging regional issues (e.g. climate impacts and conjunctive use aspects of groundwater) will be incorporated to enhance the overall planning and decision making.

Alignment with ongoing strategies

The project is supportive of elements of the National Adaption Programmes of Actions (NAPAs) under the UNFCCC for CAR, Chad and Niger and the recent (2015) Lake Chad Development and Climate Resilience Plan (the project assistance will provided strengthen data and information management to aid the DRR plans for floods and droughts). The project is also consistent with, and supportive of, the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) for all the Lake Chad Basin Countries.

All member states have developed NAPA as a response to climate change. The LCBC under this project will review each country’s NAPA and coordinate the implementation of aspects that falls within the transboundary mandate of the LCBC and the objectives of the Lake Chad Basin Water Charter.

Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria have each developed and adopted a national biodiversity strategy and action plans aligned with Aichi Biodiversity Targets. In each of the biodiversity strategy, attention is paid to the role of biodiversity in poverty reduction and sustainable development. This project shall work within the goals of each country’s NBSAP and identify opportunities to coordinate transboundary implementation within Lake Chad Basin.

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

Component 1: Effective transboundary lake catchment management through a strengthened Lake Chad Basin Commission

Output 1.1: The 2008 SAP updated on the basis of the revised TDA

Output 1.2: LCBC Biodiversity Protocol developed and adopted by all parties

Output 1.3: Disaster risk reduction response plans developed to ensure the protection of people, the environment and water resources

Output 1.4: LCBC’s coordination and monitoring capacity strengthened with effective reporting of performance to the Council of Ministers

Output 1.5: Strengthening LCBC’s capacity to develop and manage programmes and projects

Component 2: Establishment of effective, sustainable national governance structures to support the SAP and Water Charter

Output 2.1: Harmonising the national legal and policy frameworks for effective conjunctive management of surface and groundwaters to reflect the relevant provisions of the Water Charter

Output 2.2: Operationalize national inter-ministerial committees to improve coordination and support the policy mainstreaming process at the national level

Component 3: Capacity of national ministries, institutions and other stakeholders (e.g. academia, civil society) strengthened to support the harmonisation of policies and improved monitoring and management of the Lake Chad basin ecosystem

Output 3.1: Training national authorities on technical and environmental management

Output 3.2: Increase capacity in national research and academic institutions in the basin to conduct assessments on emerging issues in the Lake Chad basin and produce policy and management recommendations.

Output 3.3: Develop participation capacities and provide environmental awareness training of basin users

Component 4: Monitoring, Modelling and Data/Information for Integrated Management of Basin Water, Land and Biodiversity Resources

Output 4.1 Transboundary lake basin monitoring system designed and agreed by all member states.

Output 4.2: Contribution to GEF IW:LEARN related activities for information sharing and knowledge management

Component 5. Implementing targeted community-based pilot projects to demonstrate local / national / regional stress reduction benefits in support of SAP implementation

Output 5.1:  Regional/National pilot projects to control invasive plant species

Output 5.2: Promote ecosystem-based income-generating activities through sustainable financing schemes established at the national/local levels

Output 5.3: Development of National Replication sustainability strategies for community-based actions

Component 6: Pre-feasibility studies to identify Lake Chad SAP investment opportunities

Output 6.1: Assessment of potential investments based on the SAP recommendations

Output 6.2: Pre-feasibility studies on potential bankable investments with outline budgets, scope of work and timescales

 

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Why Lake Chad Basin governors’ forum was established — UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday said its decision to facilitate the establishment of the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum was to ensure regional stabilisation, peace-building and sustainable development in the region. The Forum consists of governors from the seven States and provinces in the Lake Chad Basin region, including those in Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The officials were in Maiduguri, Borno State to discuss and agree on a framework for stabilising, building peace and fostering sustainable development across the Basin considered the epicentre of the Boko Haram crisis. Diminishing water levels of the Lake Chad, shared by eight countries in the region has pushed an estimated 12 per cent of the more than 370 million people who depend on it for crop and livestock farming, fishing, commerce and trade to abject poverty. The situation has triggered mass migration, conflicts and crises in the region, including the nine-year long Boko Haram insurgency, which resulted in mass displacement of millions across the region. The UNDP said the Boko Haram crisis traced to development-related challenges including multi-dimensional poverty has caused billions of dollars in damages to property and disruption of livelihoods in North-east Nigeria. At the inaugural meeting, the governors highlighted the need for all countries affected by the crisis to come together to tackle the challenges in the Basin. In a statement at the end of the meeting sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday the governors agreed to establish the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum. UNDP spokesperson, Lucky Musonda, said the Forum was a platform to enhance joint efforts towards “stabilising, building peace and fostering sustainable development across the region”.

Premium Times
Thursday 10 May 2018

 

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Expected Key Results and Outputs (Summary): 

Component 1: Effective transboundary lake catchment management through a strengthened Lake Chad Basin Commission

Component 2: Establishment of effective, sustainable national governance structures to support the SAP and Water Charter

Component 3: Capacity of national ministries, institutions and other stakeholders (e.g. academia, civil society) strengthened to support the harmonisation of policies and improved monitoring and management of the Lake Chad basin ecosystem

Component 4: Monitoring, Modelling and Data/Information for Integrated Management of Basin Water, Land and Biodiversity Resources

Component 5: Implementing targeted community-based pilot projects to demonstrate local / national / regional stress reduction benefits in support of SAP implementation

Component 6: Pre-feasibility studies to identify Lake Chad SAP investment opportunities

Integrating Rio Convention Provisions into Ukraine’s National Environmental Policy Framework

Some of the challenges plaguing the implementation of Rio conventions in Ukraine are –
• Global environmental action plans are not mainstreamed into national and regional policy planning.
• Non inclusion of environmental conventions and integrated resource management at regional and local levels.
• Integration of the Rio Conventions into the national natural resource management legal frameworks is lacking .

In order to address the above, as well as a national sustainable development strategy, this UNDP-supported, GEF Trust project, Integrating Rio Convention Provisions into Ukraine’s National Environmental Policy Framework, aims to develops organizational and systematic capacity to develop implement and operationalize policy.
 

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Coordinates: 
POINT (30.5859374916 50.3594803494)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Government of Ukraine
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$990,000 (As of 20 June 2012, detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$2,100,000 (As of 20 June 2012, detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The project has three main components with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Policy and institutional framework – this component includes updated institutional assessment covering responsibilities related to implementing Rio Conventions (Outcput 1.1) and the development of a Sustainable Development Strategy for Ukraine (SDSU) (Output 1.2).
  2. National Capacity to mainstream the Rio Conventions and to implement the SDSU including  a proposal for creating the Sustainable Development Agency in Ukraine (Output 2.1); development of a manual on integrating Rio Convention provisions into policy and economic sectoral planning processes (Output 2.2) and; identifying a cadre of trained personel at national and local level (Output 2.3).
  3. Public awareness at local level including public awareness on the impact of global environmental threats on local welfare (Output 3.1) and; public advocacy linking Rio conventions to local level planning and budget allocation processes (Output 3.2).

 

Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
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Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

Strengthening National and Decentralized Management for Global Environmental Benefits in Togo

The project titled “Strengthening National and Decentralized Management for Global Environmental Benefits in Togo” aims to strengthen capacities at the systemic, organizational, and individual levels of the government. These in turn will reinforce Togo's efforts to mainstream environmental priorities into sectoral policies and apply sound environmental management practices.  The expected outcome of the project is that Togo will be able to catalyze effective and efficient implementation of international environmental conventions.

Region/Country: 
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Coordinates: 
POINT (1.14257811795 7.54765560789)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry for the Environment and Forest Resources (MERF), Government of Togo
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$847,000 (As of 31 January 2012, detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$1,165,000 (As of 31 January 2012, detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The project has two main components with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Strengthen the national institutional framework for environmental management through creation of tools for the National Commission for Sustainable Development (CNDD) to effectively coordinate the implementation of global environment convention articles (Outcome 1.1); collection of data, knowledge, tools and human resources for the National Agency for Environmental Management (ANGE) to effectively implement the global environment Convention articles lying within its mandate (Outcome 1.2); capacity building of the National Environmental Fund (FNE) to mobilize and allocate resources (Outcome 1.3) and; capacity building of the National Committees for the global conventions to effectively oversee the achievement of the Convention’s obligations, and to ensure coordination and synergies (Outcome 1.4).
  2. Decentralization of planning and management to implement the global environment conventions including formulation of a modified decentralization methodology, revised databases, guidelines, monitoring system and local plans among others. This will first be piloted and then replicated across the country to support adaptation and conservation activities.
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
Project Status: 
Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

Mainstreaming Global Environment Commitments for Effective National Environmental Management in Suriname

Presently there is poor communication amongst ministries and the system for accounting towards meeting the commitments under the conventions is weak. Coupled with low levels of awareness, knowledge and skills among decision-makers, Suriname is struggling to effectively fulfill its obligations towards the 3 Rio Conventions. With the aim of creating a steady platform for effective and efficient political dialogue and cross-institutional alliances, this UNDP-supported, GEF Trust funded project, Mainstreaming Global Environment Commitments for Effective National Environmental Management in Suriname, will work to strengthen the national environmental management at all levels.

Region/Country: 
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Coordinates: 
POINT (-55.7226562693 4.41213681023)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Labour, Technological Development and Environment, Government of Suriname
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$1,078,000 (As of 29 August 2012, detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$900,000 (As of 29 August 2012, detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The project has two main components with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Generation of access and use of information through  improved decision-support mechanisms and the development of an environmental information and knowlege platform by targetting the ability of institutions and stakeholders to manage information for better environmental planning and processes (Outcome 1.1) and ; increasing the ability of stakeholders to diagnose, understand and transform information into local actions (Outcome 1.2)
  2. Creating and enhancing capacities for management and implementation on convention guidelines including the strengthening of the existing structures and coordination mechanisms to institutionalize coordination across agencies and other relevant  actors  (Outcome 2.1); negotiations of financial commitments to finance the delivery of global environmental outcomes (Outcome 2.2) and; improve the effectiveness of institutions and enhance the functioning of the political, economic, and social system (Outcome 2.3).
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
Project Status: 
Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

Mainstreaming global environmental concerns in the post-conflict rapid development of Sri Lanka

Having recently successfully achieved an end to armed conflict in the country, Sri Lanka is in the process of adopting a peaceful and rapid planned development process. Considering the rich biodiversity of the country, the Sri Lankan government recognizes that it is equally necessary to protect natural resources, to safeguard the environment, and to be prudent in the use of the natural assets. However it has been identified that to do so would require additional capacity at systemic, institutional and individual levels for managing and disseminating information.

In an effort to respond to this challenge, this UNDP-supported, GEF Trust fund project, Mainstreaming global environmental concerns in the post-conflict rapid development of Sri Lanka, is to be implemented through two components – the strengthening of environmental data and information systems including global reporting and mainstreaming environment into awareness, planning, decision-making and socio-economic development.
 

Region/Country: 
Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Coordinates: 
POINT (80.5078124754 6.28253854793)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Environment, Government of Sri Lanka
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$880,000 (As of 7 November 2012 detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$1,675,000 (As of 7 November 2012 detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The project has two components with the following associated outcomes –

Data and information management through the development of a data collection system that covers needs of Rio Convention and Rio+20 outcomes (Outcome 1.1); An accessible and user-friendly national data clearing house, with links to sub-national and sector agencies (Outcome 1.2); Identification of stakeholders with the  capacity to access, use and intepret the information (Outcome 1.3) and;Identification of a set of indicators for environment monitoring and natural resources management supporting both global and national needs (Output 1.4).

Planning and decision-making through ncreased capacity in planning departments to integrate global environment and local environment into integrated planning and monitoring (Outcome 2.1); High level awareness of global environmental values and environmental sustainability and resilience issues (Outcome 2.2) and; Operationalization of the National (Haritha Lanka) Green Strategy and Action Plan that also address global environmental concerns (Outcome 2.3).

Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
Project Status: 
Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

Integrating global environment commitments in investment and development decision-making in the Solomon Islands

Solomon Island’s customary land tenure system has had the unintended consequence of creating significant negative environmental impacts. This, together with high population growth, uncontrolled large scale forest logging, displacement of traditional land and resource management systems has had adverse effects on the country's forest resources that cover about 85% of the land area.

The goal of this project, Integrating global environment commitments in investment and development decision-making in the Solomon Islands, is to deliver global environmental benefits across the three Rio Conventions through reduced deforestation and forest degradation by strengthening policy coordination and planning mechanisms.
 

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Coordinates: 
POINT (159.982910114 -9.46531730497)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster management and Meteorology, Government of Solomon Islands
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$935,000 (As of 9 November 2012 detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$1,317,000 (As of 9 November 2012 detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

There are two major components with the following outcomes of this project –

Institutional Capacity Development through strengthened institutional capacity and coordination to ensure cost-effective implementation of the Rio Conventions (Outcome 1.1); Mainstreamed global environmental priorities through the integration of the National Environmental and Capacity Development Action Plan (NECDAP) into the REDD+ Roadmap (Outcome 1.2) and; Securing global environmental priorities by strengthening linkages between the national strategies of the Rio Conventions and REDD+ social and environmental safeguards (Outcome 1.3).

Knowledge sharing through strengthened management information system to improve monitoring and performance of global environmental targets (Outcome 2.1) and; Raising targeted awareness to strengthen the commitment to meet national sustainable development and global environmental benefits (Output 2.2).

Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
Project Status: 
Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

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Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa

Samoa ratified the three major Multilateral Environment Agreements (Conventions) in the early 1990s (UNCBD in1994, UNFCCC in 1994 & UNCCD in 1998). Since then, Samoa has been committed to both environmental management and implementing global Conventions. However Samoa struggles to fulfill its obligations as a result of a number of challenges such as sector coordination, fragmentation of data management systems, consistent regulatory framework, land synergies between our development objectives and environmental processes.

In direct response to these issues this UNDP-supported, GEF-Trust Fund financed project, Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa, aims to build support onto and into existing and planned initiatives, thereby achieving global environmental benefits at optimum cost.

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Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Coordinates: 
POINT (-171.760253928 -13.8540805416)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Government of Samoa
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$550,000 (as of 11 December 2012 detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$500,000 (as of 11 December 2012 detailed in PIF)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

 

The project has the three main objectives with the following associated outcomes –

  1. Tools and mechanisms for implementing Rio Conventions are developed. This includes capacity strengthening of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment  (Corporate services /GEF) to cover all Rio Conventions (Output 1.1) and; Strengthening of existing policies and legal frameworks for the effective implementation of convention obligations (Output 1.2).
  2. Tools and mechansims for public awareness raising and information management are developed through the use of existing strategies by government to fulfill Rio conventions obligations (Output 2.1); Upgrading of existing Resource Information Center and centralized, on-line, coordinated data and information facility to share and disseminate information on the 3 Rio Conventions (Output 2.2); Setting-up of an online system to catalogue, share and disseminate information (Output 2.3) and; Generating public awareness that facilitates the participation of local populations in national efforts to implement Rio Conventions (Output 2.4).
  3. Mainstreaming Rio Conventions into development sectors including integration of the Rio Conventions into the Samoa Development Strategy  2012 - 2016 (Output 3.1); Updating the State of the Environment Plan to continue contributing to associated sector plans, such as tourism, agriculture, health, education (Output 3.2) and; Continuation of timely reports of Samoa’s obligations to to the Rio Conventions (Output 3.3).
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

(More information to come)

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
Location: 
Project Status: 
Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

(More information to come)

Capacity Development for Improved National and International Environmental Management in Seychelles

The Environment Management Plan of Seychelles (EMPS) is the principal institutional mechanism for addressing national and international environmental concerns. Currently, there is a lack of a comprehensive framework for linking these concerns with other national development priorities. Further, as a result of deficiencies in the current institutional and policy framework, there are unnecessary divisions between sectors, ministries and organizations/NGOs involved in conservation.

This UNDP-supported, GEF Trust funded project therefore, is designed to address key institutional barriers and related capacity limitations that constrain the effectiveness of the current EMPS operations. It will also help integrate local and global environmental management and enhance the capacity to implement global environmental management objectives within national programmes.

Region/Country: 
Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Coordinates: 
POINT (55.4809570005 -4.62570406121)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Department of Environment, which is responsible for the implementation of the EMPS in Seychelles
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$400,000 (as detailed in the Project Document)
Co-Financing Total: 
$260,000 (as detailed in the Project Document)
Project Details: 

(More information to come)

Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

 

The project has three major outcomes with the following associated outputs –

  1. Awareness and capacity are developed for mainstreaming global environment conventions into national programmes. This will include a review, extension and incorporation of the international commitments in the EMPS (Outcome 1.1); Establishment of a new EMPS Secretariat (Output 1.2); Identification and appointment of National Centres of Expertise for EMPS implementation (Output 1.3) and; Training of key technical and management staff from lead stakeholder groups on the global environmental conventions and mainstreaming opportunities (Outcome 1.4)
  2. Environmental information and reporting is strengthened through the development of a central environmental database on key indicators related to global conventions (Outcome 2.1) and a “State of the Environment” reporting framework (Outcome 2.2)
  3. Capacity for local implementation of global environmental conventions is developed, applied and disseminated. This will be achieved through the development of an institutional framework (legal and organizational basis) for mainstreaming global objectives into local land and water management in residential and rural contexts (Outcome 3.1); Development of a training programme for promoting integrated implementation of climate change, biodiversity and land management objectives in land and water management at the local level (Outcome 3.2); Training of government staff, NGOs and local stakeholders on integrated approaches to Rio Conventions implementation at the local level (Outcome 3.3); Design of demonstration sub-projects to promote integrated environmental management at the local level (Outcome 3.4) and; Monitoring, reporting and dissemination of experiences that support Rio Conventions implementation (Outcome 3.5)
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

 

Project monitoring and evaluation will be conducted in accordance with established UNDP and GEF procedures.

The Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) will be responsible for day-to-day monitoring activities including submission of (i) Inception Report; (ii) Annual Project Report; (iii) Project Implementation Review; (iv) Quarterly Progress Reports; and (v) Project Terminal Report.

Annual Monitoring will occur through the Tripartite Project Review (TPR). The TPR will be composed of representatives of GOS, UNDP and the Project. Additionally, the project will be subjected to at least one independent external evaluation.

Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
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Integrating Global Environmental Priorities into National Policies and Programmes in Kiribati

Over the years, the government of Kiribati has demonstrated its commitment to the global environmental agenda as it struggles to address national issues and priorities.  Kiribati has developed a number of national environment strategies and plans that address its obligations under various MEAs. However, there exist gaps in national environmental policies and legislation, training, education, and public awareness as well as coordination among government agencies key for effective implementation of the Rio conventions.

With its focus on strengthening Kiribati's environmental management information system (EMIS), this UNDP-supported project, Integrating Global Environmental Priorities into National Policies and Programmes in Kiribati, will address the challenges of improving and enforcing environmental policies and legislation and help integrate environmental issues into national and sector strategies and plans among other goals. 

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Coordinates: 
POINT (-157.212295583 1.74140823521)
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Environment, Land and Agricultural Development, Government of Kiribati
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Financing Amount: 
$547,000
Co-Financing Total: 
$530,000
Project Details: 

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Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The two major outcomes of this project are –

  1. The development of an Environmental Management Information System (EMIS) including a SWOT and Gap analyses of existing databases and management information systems (Outcome 1.1); Formulation of benchmarks central for data generation (Outcome 1.2); Formulation of a strategic plan for institutional reforms to create an EMIS (Outcome 1.3); Identification and training on the use of new and improved tools and technologies for collecting and managing harmonized environmental data/information (Outcome 1.4) and; Launch of a public awareness campaign on the value and need for an EMIS (Outcome 1.5)
  2. The development of an Environmental Indicators and Compliance Monitoring System (CMS) including creation of harmonized environmental indicators (Outcome 2.1); Establishing best practice methodologies and training on the application of environmental indicators (Outcome 2.2); Development of software and information technology to track environmental indicators (Outcome 2.3); Development of the CMS in a structured manner to track environmental indicators (Outcome 2.4) and; Institutionalization of the CMS within planning and decision-making authorities at the technical and ministerial levels (Outcome 2.5).
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

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Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
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Strengthening the Capacity to Implement Natural Resources Legislation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

While systemic capacities that support the implementation and enforcement of existing laws and regulations in the country are strong in terms of legislative framework, the lack of local individual capacities in terms of knowledge, skills, experience and institutional support remain a major impediment. In direct response to these issues, this project, Strengthening the Capacity to Implement Natural Resources Legislation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, will strengthen capacity to implement natural resources legislation to meet the primary obligations of the Rio Conventions in Lao PDR.

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GEOMETRYCOLLECTION (POINT (102.579345663 18.6514499279), POINT (102.645263632 18.2136982498), POINT (102.53540035 18.1719497135), POINT (102.601318312 18.7138944969), POINT (102.601318312 18.7138944969), POINT (102.579345656 18.7971180534), POINT (102.491455031 18.0466442656), POINT (102.645263625 18.7555114061))
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$500,000
Co-Financing Total: 
$603,317
Project Details: 

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Expected Key Results and Outputs: 

The following are the main outputs of the project –

  1. Key stakeholders in the three provinces are implementing and enforcing important components of the existing natural resource management legislation. This will be achieved through an agreed set of priority laws, regulations and/or articles (Outcome 1.1); A compliance strategy consisting of a set of steps to be taken to increase local compliance with the law (Outcome 1.2); A package of operational tools to help enforce the laws (Outcome 1.3) and; Documentation of the impacts of the tools on compliance across the Project Site (Outcome 1.4)
  2. National level stakeholders have the capacity to implement and enforce natural resource legislation. This will be achieved through an agreed set of priority laws, regulations and/or articles, that are best addressed at the national level (Outcome 2.1); A compliance strategy consisting of a set of steps to be taken at the national level to increase compliance with the laws selected under 2.1 and to be implemented at the national level (Outcome 2.2); A package of operational tools to help enforce the laws (Outcome 2.3) and; Documentation of the impacts of the tools on compliance across the Project Site (Outcome 2.4).
  3. Legislation and policy with regards to the Rio Conventions in Lao PDR is made more suitable to the national situation. This will be achieved through legislative revision that will take into account the primary and secondary obligations to UNCBD, UNFCCC and UNCCD (Outcome 3.1) and; Feeding in the findings, experience and lessons learnt from the Provinces under Outcome 3.1 into the legislative process and into laws and regulations (Outcome 3.2).
Monitoring & Evaluation: 

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Contacts: 
UNDP
Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor
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Programme Meetings and Workshops: 

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