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STAP members gathered at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-27 May 2016. STAP had the opportunity to share on-going work with UNEP staff, and benefit from their input. Discussion topics included: wildlife conservation and the role of local communities, areas beyond national jurisdiction, source to sea, planning for resilience, climate adaptation, decarbonizing the global economy, sustainable management of plastics and green chemistry. Based on these discussions, STAP began to scope possible key themes for the GEF’s upcoming funding cycle, 2018-2022. In the next few months, STAP will continue to brainstorm on the environmental development priorities for the GEF’s work.

STAP’s gathering was held in parallel to the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). STAP took advantage of this important gathering by... Read More

STAP attended two days of the Seventeenth Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) which convened at the UN Headquarters in New York from 13-17 June 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to examine the topic of marine debris, plastics and microplastics.  Lev Neretin, of the STAP Secretariat, and Daniela Russo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Think Beyond Plastic, addressed the ICP-17 at a side event co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)... Read More

(Negombo, Sri Lanka) May 15th 2016: The Eighth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC-8) concludedon May 15th 2016 in Negombo, western Sri Lanka. Participants coming from over 80 countries met at the IWC8 to share lessons from 70... Read More

Planning for Resilience in the GEF Program

The concepts of resilience,adaptation and transformationare gaining prominence and being translated into aspirational goals that guide policy development. Understanding resilience,... Read More

STAP Panelist, Ricardo Barra participates in a side event on green chemistry at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya (Monday, May 23, 2016)

At an event co-sponsored by the Governments of Germany and Ghana and by UNEP and the Basel-Rotterdam-Stockholm (BRS) Secretariat, STAP expert Dr. Ricardo Barra will speak about sustainable (‘green’) chemistry, and in particular, its potential application to material innovations in the area of replacements for disposable plastic items. His presentation will build on findings from STAP’s ongoing research efforts with the private sector innovation group, Think Beyond Plastic®, as part of the GEF’s contribution to the global effort to  ... Read More