The report discusses the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to 28 international water bodies that were identified as part of the United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) "Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks" project.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the largest financial institution with the mandate, ability, and experience to address current and future challenges to shared freshwater and marine systems. The publication explores a handful of the GEF International Waters projects that have already enabled countries to work collectively and, in many cases, to establish adaptive management institutions.
The report highlights the economic contribution of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services to development and equity in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The goal of this chapter is to foster further progress towards sustainable ecosystem management by providing policy makers with information on the economic value of taking an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
The integrity of all 64 of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) and the livelihoods of billions of people that depend upon them are under threat not only from climate change, but also from overfishing, toxic pollution, nutrient over-enrichment, invasive species, habitat degradation, and biodiversity loss. With the assistance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank, the United Nations system, and several industrialized countries, 110 coastal countries are implementing 17 transboundary, international LME projects.
This publication was prepared by the civil society organization the Global Ocean Forum (www.globaloceans.org ) with financing and technical support from UNDP-GEF. It measures the progress made toward the broad goals, targets, and timetables established by the international community. The analysis can only be qualitative, but it tells us that the issue of sustainability is complex, the challenges great, and the progress mixed. Nonetheless, the information that has been included is critical for global policymakers to absorb. We have to do better in moving from words to action, by joining forces in partnership, and in measuring the results.
The report "Sustainable Development of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems during Climate Change" features papers that cover a range of key issues, from the impacts of climate change on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) to new policy and institutional tools for LME governance.
This booklet aims to highlight the key water-related challenges developing countries face, give examples of approaches that have worked based on the experience of UNDP and its partners, and make recommendations concerning policy. It is organized in chapters that correspond to the areas targeted by the Millennium Development Goals.
The publication notes that the key to achieving a sustainable development and management of water resources lies in resolving long term governance challenges; not least to enforce legislation and empower local communities and vulnerable groups.
The tutorial aims to show how addressing gender will improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability, as well as social benefits and equity from use of water resources. It also helps capacity builders to include gender issues in their training and educational programmes. It has been developed jointly by Cap-Net and GWA.
The ‘Island Innovations’ publication is an effort carried out jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) during the International Year for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
This book is both a celebration of biodiversity work in the Asia-Pacific region and a cautionary account of what is happening to the ecosystems that support millions of lives and livelihoods in the region.
This paper explores the potential for governments to create ‘green jobs’ in developing countries by funding public employment activities to preserve biodiversity, restore degraded land, combat erosion, and conserve water. The paper draws on the experiences of the Working for Water programme in South Africa and the National Rural Employment Guarantee in India.
The primer offers guidance on how to assess the potential for marine and coastal payments for ecosystem services (PES) and provides pointers for designing and planning PES transactions. It describes: the opportunities and risks of PES schemes; steps to developing PES projects; and considerations of PES for poverty reduction.
The objective of the Marine Ecosystem Services Program (MARES) is to protect crucial marine ecosystem services by harnessing markets and private sector investment. MARES focuses on four key areas: water quality, marine biodiversity, coastal and beach stabilization, and fish nurseries. The document provides a brief overview of the Program.
This performance report UNDP-GEF Unit provides a) a snapshot of progress made toward development and environment benefits by projects in each region in 2015; b) highlights progress made in addressing women, work and the environment and c)demonstrates the services UNDP provides to the vertical funds that it is accredited to, in particular the Global Environment Facility.