This STAP information paper synthesizes the regulatory and legal frameworks of UNCLOS. It encourages the GEF to support actions that account for the diversity of ecosystem services that ABNJ provides to regulating the climate, maintaining and enhancing marine biodiversity, and supporting local livelihoods. Integrated spatial planning and other tools, or approaches, can help support future actions on ABNJ while strengthening governance arrangements that can address future risks and environmental challenges not aptly covered by current laws and institutional policies.
Reports and Publications
Governance Challenges, Gaps and Management Opportunities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Science of Integration on Natural Resources Management
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP/GEF) commissioned an analysis of the science of integration in relation to systems thinking literature. The paper seeks to strengthen the GEF’s efforts on integrated programming by assessing key aspects of integration based on systems thinking principles required to design and implement natural resource management projects. The analysis focuses on a random sample of cross-cutting GEF projects and case studies to identify challenges and opportunities for the GEF to consider in its future integrated efforts. The paper and accompanying material on the case studies are presented below.
Science of Integrated Approaches to Natural Resources Management, STAP Information Paper - file attached below.
Annex - Case Studies Detailed Analysis - file attached below.
The RAPTA Guidelines
RAPTA is a unique tool to help project designers and planners build the ideas of resilience, adaptation and transformation into their projects from the start, to ensure outcomes that are practicable, valuable and sustainable through time and change. This report offers practical advice to planners, project managers, policy makers, donors, farmers, researchers and other stakeholders on how to do this. This version of the guidelines was developed especially for meeting challenges around the future security of agriculture but applies equally well to planning for climate change adaptation, urban development, disaster management, biodiversity conservation and other vital fields.
RAPTA offers a fresh dimension to the familiar task of project planning and development – one which allows for rapid social, physical and environmental change in an uncertain world – leading to projects which deliver better results, more durably, reliably and consistently. It seeks to accommodate the rate, magnitude and novelty of the changes we face and the fact that, for these challenges, there are no “off the shelf” solutions. It promotes a structured approach to learning that enables constant improvement and adaptation to change.
Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development: Report to the 5th GEF Assembly
The Fifth GEF Assembly comes at a critical but exciting juncture of the Facility. In two decades, the GEF partnership has made demonstrable contributions to delivering global environmental benefits (GEBs) in accord with its mandate as the financial mechanism for the Rio Conventions. Yet threats to the global commons continue to grow – driven by human activities and lifestyle choices – resulting in pollution, biodiversity loss, degradation of land and water, fragmentation of ecosystems, and climate change. Responses to manage common pool resources and improve governance have tended to be fragmentary, partial, and only limited in success. STAP believes that the linkages with sustainable development have to be central in GEF approaches to the generation of GEBs. It is insufficient simply to track developmental co-benefits. Rather, an integrated approach has to be followed from the outset, where the synergy between development and environment is pursued, and the generation of multiple benefits is promoted vigorously. This requires new and innovative approaches, based upon an iterative process that emphasizes learning by doing – where design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation are connected through a robust knowledge management strategy. Sound understanding of social systems and governance will be key for the GEF moving forward. STAP has recently published a report entitled Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development that highlights recent STAP achievements and outlines specific recommendations for the GEF in advancing environmentally sustainable development in GEF-6. The three key messages of this STAP Report to the Assembly are: • Environmental degradation must be tackled in a more integrated and holistic way, addressing individual focal area concerns in ways that yield multiple benefits, enhance ecosystem services, and improve governance systems within and across national boundaries. • Sustainable development should be at the core of GEF interventions, enabling improved human well-being, health, livelihoods and social equity at the same time as environmental protection. • The GEF should continue to be catalytic and innovative while actively seeking to effect permanent and transformational change. This will require effectively leveraging the best scientific knowledge from the design of projects through implementation and evaluation, as well as learning from the experiences of past interventions through successful knowledge management. These changes are also sought in the new GEF Strategy, but will require significant scientific and technical support, and a clear commitment by both the GEF and its partner agencies. Revising internal results-based management (RBM) systems and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) will provide opportunities to harmonize and integrate across focal areas. New systems of information and knowledge management are required for GEF-6. STAP has a key role to play in achieving the GEF-6 vision. The Panel stands ready to lead in gathering evidence from past projects, identifying lessons learned and best practices, and proposing ways to achieve multiple GEBs going forward. The urgency of an integrated response targeted at environmentally sustainable development has never been greater. Publication Date: May 2014 Authors: Rosina Bierbaum, Michael Stocking, Henk Bouwman Annette Cowie, Sandra Diaz, Jacob Granit, Anand Patwardhan, Ralph Sims, Guadalupe Duron, Virginia Gorsevski, Thomas Hammond, Lev Neretin, and Christine Wellington-Moore. DOWNLOAD
Review of GEF Climate Resilience
This review provides an updated, structured assessment of the impacts of climate change on GEF projects. In particular, the review focuses on the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species and its implications on GEF-6 strategy focal areas of biodiversity, land degradation, international waters and sustainable forest management. The review is intended primarily for the GEF Partnership and particularly the GEF Secretariat. The report is based on the outcomes of GEF-STAP workshop on the topic held in January 2014 and builds on pre-existing GEF work on the issue. The analysis framework considered the climate change impacts on each of the four GEF focal areas in relation to a range of factors that are likely to be impacted by climate change: (A) physical/chemical properties and resources, (B) biological processes, (C) species and ecosystems, (D) provisioning ecosystem services, (E) regulating ecosystem services and (F) socio-economic systems and infrastructure. Publication Date: July 2014 Authors: Rebecca Mant, Stephen Woroniecki, Elina Vaananen, and Valerie Kapos DOWNLOAD