Mid 2016 STAP Update

This is an exciting and also very busy time for STAP. In May we participated in the UNEA-2 meeting in Nairobi, and we also launched our effort in preparing advice for the upcoming GEF Assembly in 2018. A key part of this exercise is the Global Commons initiative led by the GEF Secretariat. STAP is working closely with our GEF Secretariat colleagues in ensuring a strong conceptual framework and scientific basis for this analysis in collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) are also partners in this effort.

We have also completed guidance papers on building the concept of resilience explicitly into GEF project planning, along with a proposed framework for assessing multi-focal area (MFA) projects coming into the GEF project pipeline. Both of these efforts have been based largely on our most recent publication: Designing projects in a rapidly changing world: Guidelines for embedding resilience, adaptation and transformation into sustainable development projects (Version 1.0). We presented this publication at the 50th Meeting of the GEF Council in June.

STAP also participated along with GEF Secretariat colleagues in the Climate Action Summit (www.climateaction2016.org). We are looking forward to the Global Commons meeting in October just ahead of the 51st Meeting of the GEF Council, and also to finalizing the outline and work plan of STAP’s report to the 6th GEF Assembly.