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On May 5-6, 2021, STAP held a virtual workshop on Business and Mainstreaming Biodiversity to examine biodiversity mainstreaming from the business perspective, with a view at how the GEF could promote nature-positive development in concert with the private sector. Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair; John Donaldson, STAP Member for biodiversity; and Tom Lovejoy, STAP Senior Advisor, co-chaired this event, which included participants from the private sector, academia, civil society and the GEF partnership. 


27 April 2021: Science Supporting Transformations towards Global Sustainability

Working Group Meeting

On 7 April 2021, Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, made a presentation to the GEF agencies on "STAP's Perspective on the Way Forward in Knowledge and Learning for the GEF Partnership".  The presentation is available for download under Documents.


On July 9, 2020, Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of STAP, chaired an event entitled, "Webinar: The Journey of the Global Environment Facility: Delivering Transformational Change".  The event took the form of a conversation between Naoko Ishii, outgoing GEF CEO and Chairperson, and her successor, incoming GEF CEO and Chairperson, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez.  Rosina is pictured here with both Naoko Ishii and Carlos Manual Rodriguez.


On July 21, 2020, Rosina Bierbaum made a presentation to the GEF’s taskforce on COVID-19. Dr. Bierbaum started off by summarizing the increased evidence suggesting the linkages between infectious disease outbreaks, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and the release of viruses stored in permafrost and ice shields.


STAP held a virtual workshop on 19 – 20 May 2020 to review the experience gained in implementing nature-based solutions (NbS), and to distill and discuss best practices and lessons learned to guide future investment by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  The event was a joint effort between STAP, the 

Working Group Meeting

At a virtual retreat on 1 April 2020, Rosina Bierbaum, the STAP Chair, made a presentation to the GEF agencies on how STAP and the GEF secretariat screen for climate risk in reviewing GEF projects. This exemplified what STAP and the GEF secretariat look for in response to the four questions on climate risk in STAP's screening guidelines (June 2018):

Da Nang, Viet Nam Working Group Meeting

The open session of the bi-annual STAP Meeting was held in connection with the 54th GEF Council and 6th GEF Assembly Meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam. The meeting was held in the Ariyana Ballroom 1A, Ariyana Convention Center, on the grounds of the Furama Resort. The open session featured the following list of  presentations, with discussions on: Climate Risk Screening, Environmental Security, Circular Economy, and Local Commons; Global Benefits. 

Washington DC, United States of America Working Group Meeting

The open session of the bi-annual STAP Meeting was held in the World Bank's Main Complex, 1818 H Street, NW, conference room, MC7-100, Washington, DC, and featured presentations and discussions on: the Science of Integrated Approaches, Socio-Economic Impacts of Protected Areas, and Climate Risk Screening.